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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. The Near East and Africa

Preface,   pp. III-IV PDF (586.1 KB)

Page IV

1352 Editorial Preparation
  The basic documentary diplomatic record to be printed in Foreign
Relations of the United States is edited by the Historical Office, Bureau
of Public Affairs of the Department of State. The editing of the record
is guided by the principles of historical objectivity. There may be no
alteration of the text, no deletions without indicating where in the
text the deletion is made, and no omission of facts which were of major
importance in reaching a decision. Nothing may be omitted for the
purpose of concealing or glossing over what might be regarded by
some as a defect of policy. However, certain omissions of documents
are permissible for the following reasons:
    a. To avoid publication of matters which would tend to impede
       current diplomatic negotiations or other business.
     b. To condense the record and avoid repetition of needless details.
     c. To preserve the confidence reposed in the Department by indi-
       viduals and by foreign governments.
    d. To avoid giving needless offense to other nationalities or
    e. To eliminate personal opinions presented in despatches and
       not acted upon by the Department. To this consideration there
       is one qualification-in connection with major decisions it is
       desirable, where possible, to show the alternatives presented to
       the Department before the decision was made.
1353  Clearance
  To obtain appropriate clearances of material to be published in
Foreign Relations of the United States, the Historical Office:
    a. Refers to the appropriate policy offices of the Department and
       of other agencies of the Government such papers as appear to
       require policy clearance.
    b. Refers to the appropriate foreign governments requests for
       permission to print as part of the diplomatic correspondence
       of the United States those previously unpublished documents
       which were originated by the foreign governments.

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