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UN Security Council Resolutions: Resolution 48

(April 23, 1948)

On 10 April 1948, the United Nations Palestine Commission, formed to implement the Partition Resolution, reported to the General Assembly that it was unable to fulfil its assignment because of "the armed hostility of both Palestinian and non-Palestinian Arab elements, the lack of co-operation from the Mandatory Power, the disintegrating security situation in Palestine. . . " The Security Council thereupon appointed a Truce Commission composed of the Consuls of Belgium, France and the United States in Jerusalem.

The Security Council,

Referring to its resolution 46 (1948) of 17 April 1948 calling upon all parties concerned to comply with specific terms for a truce in Palestine,

Establishes a Truce Commission for Palestine composed of representatives of those members of the Security Council which have career consular officers in Jerusalem, noting, however, that the representative of Syria has indicated that his Government is not prepared to serve on the Commission. The function of the Commission shall be to assist the Security Council in supervising the implementation by the parties of its resolution 46 (1948);

Requests the Commission to report to the President of the Security Council within four days regarding its activities and the development of the situation, and subsequently to keep the Security Council currently informed with respect thereto.

The Commission, its members, their assistants and its personnel shall be entitled to travel, separately or together, wherever the Commission deems necessary to carry out its tasks.

The Secretary-General shall furnish the Commission with such personnel, and assistance as it may require, taking into account the special urgency of the situation with respect to Palestine.

Sources: The United Nations