LONDON (Dec. 21)
The British Government has no intention of relaxing at present its practices governing the release of Jewish refugees interned on Cyprus, it was learned today in quarters close to the Foreign Office. These quarters were commenting on the appeal by Henry Morgenthau, Jr., general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, to Prime Minister Clement R. Attlee and former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in behalf of the Cyprus refugees.
The Foreign Office itself refused to comment on the appeal, asserting that it was made by a private individual to two statesmen in their private capacity. The unofficial sources stated that the government would not define new categories of refugees who may be permitted to leave the island before a political settlement of the Palestine problem is found.
They insisted that it was up to each country to draw its own interpretation of the Security Council’s truce conditions, independently of the views of the U.N. mediator. Finally, they denied that the Cyprus DP’s were suffering any particular hardships.