NEA Files: Lot 55–D36

Statement by the United States and the United Kingdom Groups

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The question of Palestine was discussed against the background of current developments in the United Nations and with reference to foreseeable repercussions in the Arab world and the probable effect of such Arab reaction on the successful implementation of any parallel plans for Anglo-American cooperation in promoting political stability in the Middle East.1

  1. In a memorandum of March 11, 1949, to Secretary of State Acheson and Under Secretary of State Webb, the Director of the Office of Near Eastern and African Affairs (Satterthwaite), in treating the discussions on Palestine at “The Pentagon Talks of 1947”, stated: “Regarding Palestine, it was agreed that it should be regarded as a thing apart and not to be debated in these discussions, although it was recognized that the development of the Palestine situation would have an important bearing on any endeavors toward Anglo-American cooperation in the Middle East.” (Lot 55–D36)