Ask France and Italy to Halt Embarkation of Jews Bound for Palestine

The British embassies in Paris and Rome have related the French and Italian Governments to prevent the embarkation from their ##ts of ships carrying visaless immigrants to Palestine, the Foreign Office con?med today.

A spokesman said that British diplomatic representatives in other countries ## which immigrants have left for Palestine in the past have been instructed to ##p a careful watch on the situation and to take up the matter with the governments ?cerned, if necessary.

According to reports received here tonight the British note to France was ?plemented by a personal communication sent by Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin to ##eign Minister Georges Bidault. Both Bevin and Bidault are in Moscow for the ?ting of the Council of Foreign Ministers.

Last January representatives of France, Britain and the United States met Paris to discuss means of regulating immigration from Germany, but the agreements ached there, if any, have never been disclosed. Last year the British approached ## only countries of transit or embarkation, but also countries of origin, such as land, in an attempt to secure cooperation in shutting off the flow of illegal migration to Palestine.

(Queried today as to the status of the agreement drawn up at Paris, the ?ate Department said that it is still in draft form, and has not yet been signed any of the three nations. A spokesman said that the draft had been approved in over echelons,” but may undergo some changes before being signed. The signing will ##cur within the next 30 days or sooner, he added. Meantime, the Department will not ##sclose any of the provisions of the agreement, except to say that it includes a ##ause covering displaced persons.)

NEXT STORY