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U.S. Delegates Refuse to Say Whether Truman Consulted Resolution

November 7, 1948
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Members of the United States delegation to the United Nations Security Council, who have twice reversed themselves in the recent Palestine debates, today threw up their hands when asked whether or not President Truman had approved their stand last night in support of the revised Anglo-Chinese resolution. (The resolution, passed after an American amendment was added to it, ordered the Jews to return to their positions as of Oct. 14 or face the possibility of sanctions.) To a man, the delegates refused to make any answer.

The only information the United States delegates would volunteer was that the text of the American amendment, the effect of which is to open the possibility of the exercise of three types of sanctions against the Jews if they refuse to obey a U.N. order to withdraw from their present positions, had been cabled to Washington and that approval had been received.

The inference to be drawn was that the text had been approved by Robert A. Lovett, Under-Secretary of State, in the absence of President Truman, who at the time of the two sessions yesterday was aboard his “victory train,” taking him from Missouri to the Capital. Whether Lovett had consulted President Truman over the text of the United States amendment, the delegates interviewed could not say.

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