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Jewish Agency Resumes Talks with British Government; Seeks to Ease Tension in Palestine

Led by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, several members of the Jewish Agency executive today resumed informal talks on Palestine with representatives of the British Government, headed by the new Colonial Secretary, Arthur Creech-Jones. A further meeting will take place in the near future, an official announcement issued by the Colonial Office stated.

Among the questions raised at today’s meeting was a British proposal for the creation of a joint Anglo-Jewish committee to seek ways of lessening the existing tension in Palestine and the establishment of a peaceful atmosphere there.

This proposal was made last week by then Colonial Secretary George Hall, but the members of the Jewish Agency did not accept it immediately because they feared that the creation of a new committee would only mean a further delay in securing the conditions demanded by the Agency.

Some of the members of the Agency were inclined to reject the proposal, but it was finally decided that the matter should be discussed in principle. A final agreement depends on the functions and authority to be given the committee.