September 8, 1948 Arabs to Discontinue Talks on Truce Due to Refugees


Count Folke BernadotteALEXANDRIA, Egypt—Count Bernadotte today encountered growing Arab determination not to continue discussions on the continuation of the truce and the eventual settlement of the Palestine problem unless Arab refugees, numbering about 360,000, were returned to their homes.

While such as prerequisite for further negotiations has not yet been made formal the idea was emphasized to the Mediator when he appeared before the full Arab League Political Committee and in talks he had with chiefs of all seven Arab delegations throughout the day.

The point was stated clearly by Jamil Mardam Bey, Prime Minister of Syria, who said after visiting Count Bernadotte at his seaside hotel that the “return of the refugees is an indispensable condition for eventual acceptance of a truce and further negotiations.”  He pointed out that the Arabs regarded the present situation as a simple cease-fire.

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