U.S. Govt. Asks Britain for Clarification of Plan to Bring Palestine Issue to U.N.

The British Government has been asked by U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall for clarification of Britain’s intention regarding certain aspects of its plan to refer the Palestine problem to the United Nations, it was revealed here today by Michael J. MacDermott, special press assistant to Secretary Marshall.

MacDermott declined to reveal what aspects of the British plan had been questioned by the U.S. Government. He further declined to comment on a question by a British correspondent about London reports that the American note insisted on Jewish refugee immigration to Palestine.

The note, he stated, also contained an acknowledgment of Britain’s note informing the United States of the British intention to bring the Palestine matter before the United Nations. Secretary Marshall also informed the British that the Government of the United States is carefully considering its approach to the problem.

(In London, a Foreign Office spokesman today declined to confirm or deny reports that Washington approved of Britain’s action of submitting the Palestine issue to the United Nations. Declaring that he would not say whether the United States regarded the action favorably, he added that in previous communications to London the State Department had never expressed opposition to sending the Palestine issue to the U.N.)

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