Australian Premier Discussed Palestine with Bevin; Mediator’s Efforts Being Watched

Australian Prime Minister Joseph Chifley, who returned here today from England, told a poet’s conference that he discussed the question of Palestine thoroughly with British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, but declined to answer any other questions on Palestine.

Chifley declared, however, that the government’s future attitude on Palestine would depend on U.N. mediator Count Police Bernadotte’s reports on his efforts to establish a permanent settlement. External Affairs Minister Herbert Evatt, who departed last night for London, asserted that the solution to the Palestine problem is linked with “general global problems,”

Australian relief shipments for displaced Jews in Europe, which in recent months have been intercepted “by Egyptian port officials, are now arriving at their destinations, it was reported here today.

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