State Dept, Receives Two Plans on Palestine from Anglo-u.s. Experts; Partition Rumored

The State Department has received two alternative plans on Palestine from the Anglo-American conferees in Palestine, a Department spokesman announced today.

He said that Secretary of State James F. Byrnes had not been able to read and study the plans a yet, but that he would do so before leaving on Saturday for the Paris Peace Conference. It is assumed that the Secretary will discuss the proposals with President Truman within the next day or two. The spokesman was unable to say whether either of the plans recommended partition.

(London dispatches today said that the Anglo-American experts have agreed on a plan to divide Palestine into three sections. A little less than half the country, including the Negev, would become a British reservation. About two-thirds of the remainder would become an autonomous Arab province, while about one-sixth of the country would become a Jewish province. Jerusalem would be an international settlement. The central governing body of Palestine would be an Arab-Jewish one with a British viceroy.)

President Truman told his press conference this afternoon that he expected a full report from the American delegates in London shortly. He emphasized that no final conclusions have been reached The President refused to reply to a question as to whether he still favored admission of 100,000 Jews to Palestine in light of the recent violence there.

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