Lausanne Protocol, May 12, 1949

Below is the text of the Protocol signed by the Conciliation Commission and the Chairman of the Israeli delegation; an identical Protocol was signed on the same day by the Arab delegation. The “working document” referred to was the Partition map annexed to General Assembly Resolution 181(II) of 29 November 1947. The Arabs claimed that, by signing the Protocol, Israel in a manner recognised the 1947 Partition Plan. Israel held that the map was to be taken, as the text of the Protocol stated, as a, and not as the, basis for negotiations.

ANNEX A

UNITED NATIONS CONCILIATION COMMISSION FOR PALESTINE 
RECORD OF A MEETING BETWEEN THE CONCILIATION 
COMMISSION AND THE DELEGATIONS OF EGYPT, JORDAN, LEBANON AND SYRIA 
held at Lausanne at 11.30 a.m. on 12 May 1949.

RECORD OF A MEETING BETWEEN THE CONCILIATION COMMISSION AND
THE DELEGATIONS OF EGYPT, JORDAN, LEBANON AND SYRIA
held at Lausanne on 12 May 1949 at 11.30 a.m.

Present:
Mr. De Boisanger (Chairman) France
Mr. Yalcin Turkey
Mr. Ethridge United States of America
Mr. Azcarate (Principal Secretary)
H.E.Abdel Monem Mostafa Egypt
H.E. Fauzi Pasha Mulki Jordan
H.E. Fouad Bey Ammoun Lebanon
H.E. Adnan Atassi Syria

In the course of this meeting the following protocol was signed by the Delegates of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria on the one hand and the members of the Conciliation Commission on the other:

PROTOCOL
The United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine, anxious to achieve as quickly as possible the objectives of the General Assembly’s resolution of 11 December 1948, regarding refugees, the respect for their rights and the preservation of their property, as well as territorial and other questions, has proposed to the Delegations of the Arab States and to the Delegation of Israel that the working document attached here to be taken as a basis for discussions with the Commission. The interested Delegations have accepted this proposal with the understanding that the exchanges of views which will be carried on by the Commission with the two parties will bear upon the territorial adjustments necessary to the above indicated objectives. 
Lausanne 12 May 1949

Signed:

Monem Mostafe Egypt
Fauzi Mulki Jordan
F. Ammoun Lebanon
Adnane Atassi Syria
Claude de Boisanger France (Chairman)
Cahid Yalcin Turkey
Mark Ethridgen USA

ANNEX B
RECORD OF A MEETING BETWEEN THE CONCILIATION COMMISSION AND THE DELEGATION OF ISRAEL. 
held at Lausanne at 10.30 a.m on 12 May 1949

Present:

Mr. de Boisanger (Chairman) France
Mr. Yalcin Turkey 
Mr. Ethridge U.S.A. 
Mr. Azcarate (Principal Secretary) 
Dr. Walter Eytan Israel

In the course of this meeting the following protocol was signed by the Delegate of Israel on the one hand and the members of the Conciliation Commission on the other:

PROTOCOL
The United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine, anxious to achieve as quickly as possible the objectives of the General Assembly’s resolution of 11 December 1948, regarding refugees, the respect for their rights and the preservation of their property, as well as territorial and other questions, has proposed to the Delegation of Israel and to the Delegations of the Arab States that the working document attached hereto be taken as a basis for discussions with the Commission. The interested Delegations have accepted this proposal with the understanding that the exchanges of views which will be carried on by the Commission with the two parties will bear upon the territorial adjustments necessary to the above indicated objectives. 
 Lausanne, 12 May 1949

Signed:
Claude de Boisanger (France Chairman)
Walter Eytan. … (Israel)
Cahid Yalcin (Turkey)
Mark Ethridge (U.S.A)

ANNEX C
Document attached to the Protocol of 12 May, 1949, signed by the Conciliation Commission and the Arab Delegations on the one hand, and the Conciliation Commission and the Israeli Delegation on the other. (A map of Palestine, scale 1/750.000, showing the territory attributed to the Arab and Jewish States respectively, by the General Assembly’s resolution of 29 November 1947.)



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