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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1946. The Near East and Africa

Trans-Jordan,   pp. 794-800 PDF (2.6 MB)

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Memorandunm of Telephone Conversation, by the Director of the
     Ogfe of Near Eastern and African Affairs (Henderson)
SECRET                          [WASHINGTON,] February 13, 1946.
  Mr. Michael Wright, Counselor of the British Embassy, called me
by telephone this afternoon. He said that on the basis of such docu-
ments as were in the Embassy, the Embassy had come to the conclu-
sion that the British Government had no intention of submitting to
the United Nations the matter of the recognition of the independence
of Trans-Jordan.' The British Embassy was of the opinion that the
British Government had taken the position that it was free to recog-
nize the independence of Trans-Jordan without seeking the approval
of the United Nations. The status of Trans-Jordan-so far as the
United Nations was concerned-might be decided when Trans-Jordan
applied for membership to that body.
  Mr. Wright said that the British Government in the opinion of the
Embassy envisaged three steps: (I.) the recognition of the inde-
pendence of Trans-Jordan; (2) the conclusion of a treaty between
Trans-Jordan and Great Britain and (3) the application by Trans-
Jordan for membership into the United Nations. The Embassy,
however, was planning to ask the British Government informally
whether its conclusions in this regard were correct.
  Mr. Wright continued that before submitting the inquiry to the
British Government it would be helpful for him to know what in my
opinion the position of the United States might be with regard to
the kind of treaty which Great Britain would enter into with Trans-
Jordan. He understood that the Department in general did not look
with favor upon the conclusion of treaties which would grant a great
power a special position in the territory of a small power. He would
  1 The British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Bevin, in an address
fore the Eleventh Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on January 17,
at London, had stated: "Regarding the future of Transjordan, it is:
the intention
of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom to take steps in the near
future for establishing this territory as a sovereign independent State and
recognizing its status as such." (United Nations, Official Records of
the Gen-
eral Assem'bly, First Session. First Part, Plenary Meetings, p. 167)

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