501.AA/3–1848: Telegram

The Chargé in the United Kingdom (Gallman) to the Secretary of State


1102. Mason of Foreign Office has informed Embassy that official British position re Italian application for UN membership follows [Page 180] closely that outlined informally as reported in Embtel 1073, March 16, Noon.

Mason stated British are not frightfully happy about technical aspects of case nor quite so certain as US as to value in Italian electoral campaign of support to Italian application at this time. Nevertheless, British are willing to go along with US. Instruction is going to British UN representative which takes line that if US wishes to go ahead, British will back US up.