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his meeting with Mr. Henderson on December 8, that the United-States
Representative on the Security Council make a statement which would
serve as a warning to the Arab States not to interfere in the Palestine
matter. I replied that the matter would be considered by the officials
concerned in the Department.
  I took the occasion to emphasize our continued concern over the
possibility of the departure of the Pan Crescent and the Pan York
from Constanza. Mr. Shertok replied in the same vein as he had yester-
day in his talk with Mr. Johnson in New York (New York tel. 1301,
December 111), i.e., explaining the Agency's position and that while
the Agency was against-the departure of those ships that they might
not be able to stop them. I again emphasized our earnest desire that
the ships not be allowed to depart.
  Not printed; it reported Ambassador Johnson's statement to Mr. Shertok
  that "we felt very strongly that it would be unwise for these ships
to sail and
for any illegal immigration to reach Palestine under present circumstances."
(501.BB Palestine/12-1147)
  Later the same day, Mr. Shertok sent a letter to Mr. Armour in which he
  that he "had. intended to refer during our interview to the question
of supple-
  mentary military equipment for the present Jewish defense organization
or the
  future militia in Palestine, and I hope an early opportunity may be afforded
  us to discuss the matter." Mr. Armour's reply of December 22 noted
that Mr.
  Shertok's tentative views had already been given to Mr. Henderson and that
  Mr. Goldmann planned to raise the question with British authorities. He
  gested, accordingly, "that a further discussion of this matter might
be postponed
  for the time being." (867N.01/12-1247)
  CFM Files: Lot M-88: Box 104: Anglo-Us-French Conversationo
               British Memorandum     of Conversation'
 TOP SECRET                            [LoDwoN, 17 December, 1947.1
   Mr. Marshall paid a farewell call on the Secretary of State at the
 Foreign, Office at 6 p. m. on December 17th. The situation resulting
 from the breakdown of the recent meeting of the Council of Foreign
 Ministers and other subjects concerning Anglo-American relations
 were discussed in a conversation lasting 1A hours.
 Arab Reactions to the General Assembly's Decision on Palestine.
   The Secretary of State explained that Arab reactions had been even
 worse than we had expected. We were getting in reports from all over
 the Middle East, which were disturbing. He wished to tell Mr. Marshall
 in confidence that- he was proposing to get along various Arab repre-
   This memorandum was prepared by Frank Roberts, Personal Secretary to
 Mr. Bevin, and copies were given to Ambassador Douglas; see footnote 30,
 It, p. 822.

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