London (Jul. 12)
The three-man mission sent here by President Truman to discuss implementation of the recommendations of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine arrived here today from Washington in a U.S. army plane.
The mission, which was accompanied by about a dozen aides, consisted of Henry Grady, Goldthwaite Door and Henry Gaston, alternates for the Secretaries of State, War and Treasury, respectively. They were met at Bovingdon airport by officials of the U.S. Embassy and left immediately for London.
This afternoon they called on Prime Minister Attlee at 10 Downing Street, in the company of U.S. Ambassador W. Averill Harriman.
The Anglo-American talks, which are expected to begin tomorrow, or at the latest Monday, are regarded in informed circles here as being consultations on details of the report, rather than policy making discussions. However, the conclusions arrived at by the conferees, it is pointed out, will undoubtedly influence policy decisions.
The British delegation, which is headed by Sir Norman Brook, will concentrate on the specific military and other measures which will be required if the inquiry committee’s recommendations are to be carried out, it is believed, and will insist that Britain cannot and will not undertake them alone.
(Asked whether he had a report from London that the members of the Cabinet committee would discuss the question of sending American military aid to Palestine with the British committee, Acting Secretary of State Dean Acheson told a press conference today that he had no report to that effect.)
The influential financial organ “Economist” today suggests “canonization” of Palestine as the best solution of the problem. It advocates establishment of separate semi-autonomous Jewish and Arab regions with a central government consisting, at first, of Jews, Arabs and the British, and later just Jews and Arabs, which would deal with matters of foreign policy, national defense and economic planning. Jews and Arabs would have equal representation in the central government.