Assassination of UN Mediator – Cablegram from SecGen Personal Representative to For. Minister Israel


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CABLEGRAM DATED 17 SEPTEMBER 1948 ADDRESSED BY RALPH BUNCHE,

PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL,

TO MR. M. SHERTOK, FOREIGN MINISTER OF ISRAEL,

CONCERNING ASSASSINATION OF UNITED NATIONS MEDIATOR

"MURDER IN COLD BLOOD OF COUNT BERNADOTTE UNATIONS MEDIATOR PALESTINE AND OF COLONEL SEROT IN KATAMON QUARTER OF JERUSALEM TODAY BY JEWISH ASSAILANTS IS OUTRAGE AGAINST INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND UNSPEAKABLE VIOLATION ELEMENTARY MORALITY.  THIS TRAGIC ACT OCCURRED WHEN COUNT BERNADOTTE ACTING UNDER AUTHORITY OF UNITED NATIONS WAS ON OFFICIAL TOUR OF DUTY IN JERUSALEM AND IN PRESENCE OF LIAISON OFFICER ASSIGNED TO HIM BY THE JEWISH AUTHORITIES HIS SAFETY THEREFORE AND THAT OF HIS LIEUTENANTS UNDER THE ORDINARY RULES LAW AND ORDER WAS A RESPONSIBILITY OF PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT ISRAEL WHOSE ARMED FORCES AND REPRESENTATIVES CONTROL AND ADMINISTER THE A……

THIS ACT CONSTITUTES A BREACH OF THE TRUCE OF UTMOST GRAVITY FOR WHICH PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT ISRAEL MUST ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY

IN THIS CONNECTION I FEEL OBLIGATED TO RECORD VIEW THAT PREJUDICIAL AND UNFOUNDED STATEMENTS CONCERNING TRUCE SUPERVISION ATTRIBUTED TO YOU AND COLONEL YADIN AS HAVING BEEN MADE AT YOUR PRESS CONFERENCE IN TEL AVIV THURSDAY SEPTEMBER SIXTEEN AND AS REPORTED IN PALESTINE POST SEPTEMBER 17 ARE NOT THE KIND OF STATEMENTS WHICH WOULD BE CALCULATED DISCOURAGE REPREHENSIBLE ACTS THIS KIND"

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Document symbol: S/1004
Document Type: Cablegram
Document Sources: Security Council, United Nations Mediator on Palestine
Country: Israel
Subject: Middle East situation, Terrorism
Publication Date: 17/09/1948
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