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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

Palestine,   pp. 881-922 PDF (15.0 MB)


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PALESTINE
867N.01/768: Telegram
The Amba8sador in the United Kingdom (Bingham) to the Secretary
                              of State
                                      LONDON, July 7, 1937-9 p. m.
                                      [Received July 7-3: 45 p. m.]
  448. Request contained in the Department's 277, July 3, 3 p. m., was
conveyed to the Foreign Office whose reply dated today just received
reads:
  "With reference to Your Excellency's memorandum No. 2662 of the
6th July,'5 I have the honor to inform you that, in the- view of His
Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, the rights of the
United States Government and their nationals in regard to Palestine
depend on the terms of the 'Convention between the United Kingdom
and the United States of America respecting the rights of the Govern-
ments of the two countries and their respective nationals in Palestine',
which was signed in London on the 3rd December, 1924, and of which
the ratifications were exchanged in London on the 3rd December,
1925. The rights of the United States Government and their
nationals as regards Palestine are those recited in articles 2 to 6 of
the Convention, and in article 7 of the Convention. These rights must
remain intact whatever changes may be made in the Mandate for
Palestine, unless the United States assent to such a change.
  2. In the view of His Majesty's Government, however, these rights
are limited to those specified in the articles of the Convention referred
to above, and the consent of the United States Government will, there-
fore, not be required to any change in the Palestine Mandate unless
these specific rights in question are thereby affected. Indeed, the
United States having assented, by article 1 of the Convention, to the
Mandate as a whole, it follows that the United States Government
have accepted the provision in article 27 of the Mandate which lays
down that the Mandate may be altered with the consent of the Council
of the League of Nations. His Majesty's Government in the United
Kingdom propose to seek the consent of the Council of the League at its
September session for any changes in the Mandate of Palestine which
may be required as the result of the Royal Commission's report; but,
should any such changes affect any of the United States rights laid
down in articles 2 to 6 of the Convention referred to above, His Maj-
esty's Government will immediately inform the United States and
seek their consent thereto.
  1This memorandum, copy of which was transmitted to the Department by the
Ambassador in his despatch No. 3178, July 7, reads as follows:
  "The American Ambassador presents his compliments to His Majesty's
Princi-
pal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to inform Mr.
Eden
that the United States Government would be glad to receive at the earliest
possible moment a detailed elucidation of the official British position,
having
regard to the terms of the American-British Convention of December 3, 1924,
on
the question of consulting the United States Government with respect to any
changes that may be proposed in Palestine as the result of the Report of
the
Royal Commission." (867N.01/771)
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