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Byrnes Says He Did Not Discuss Palestine with Bevin; Matter is in Truman’s Hands

Secretary of State James F. Byrnes revealed today that he did not discuss the Palestine problem with Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin at the Paris Peace Conference, because President Truman handled the entire question directly with Prime Minister Clement R. Attlee.

Asked at his first press conference since his return from abroad whether the State Department was still discussing the Palestine issue with the British Government, Byrnes replied that the President is in immediate and sole control of the matter and has been for the past year. The State Department’s function in this matter, he added, has been to send communications, as directed by the President.