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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1948. The Near East, South Asia, and Africa (in two parts)

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Commission in any way. Answers to questions will determine tone and
content of February 1report to SC.
   [Here follow six paragraphs dealing with such matters as the rela-
 tions among the Commission, top Secretariat officers and British
 specialists on Palestine, and compensation to be paid to Commission
   Bunche is a close friend of long standing of USUN officer to whom
 foregoing told. He has never appeared more upset or more concerned
 about a problem. He will draft the Commission's February 1 report
 to SC. He considers the British position indefensible, that Commission
 cannot operate under present British plans and would be better ad-
 vised to refuse to leave New York now than to attempt to implement
 GA decision under impossible conditions. He has every intention of
 urging Commission to expose British position in SCand demand that
 showdown take place in New York before departure. He believes that
 Commission shares his view. He wryly remarked that he hoped that
 Department was actively formulating position for first week in Feb-
 ruary discussion in SC although he had gained impression US had
 false sense of security as regards its responsibilities in Palestine.2
  2 Ambassador Austin, on January 27, reported information from Mr. Bunche
that the Palestine Commission report would not draw conclusions or make
charges. The Ambassador advised that "Despite previous indications that
report would severely criticize the British attitude, the commission feels
the British should have an opportunity 4to answer the questions recently
put to
Cadogan before any judgment is passed. Cadogan has said that some of the
answers had to be cleared at Cabinet level, and certain material gathered
Palestine. Following receipt of these !answers, the commission will send
a special,
confidential report to the SC on the Palestine security problem.
  "However, the February 1 report will point out that it is ,impossible
to meet
the April 1 deadline for the establishment of provisional governments because
the UK will not allow the commission to arrive in Palestine until two weeks
before Ă½the British' leave." (Telegram 97 from New York, 501.BB
PPS Files, Lot 64 D 563, Near and Middle East, 1947-1948
Memorandum by the Director of the Policy Planning Staff (Kennan)
                      to the Secretary of State 1
SECRET                              [WASHINGTON,] January 20, 1948.
  On November 25, 1947 the National Security Council received a
report from the Secretary of the Army on the problem of Palestine
with the request that it be considered by the National Security
  At the meeting of the Consultants of the National Security Council
on December 12, 1947,2 it was agreed that the State Department should
  Adr       also toUnder Secretary of State Lovett.
  2 See editorial note, Foreign Relations, 1947, vol. v, p. 1283.

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