338. Telegram From the Department of State to the Mission at the United Nations1

947. For Ambassador Lodge. I appreciate thoughts in your telegram 10282 on desirability taking advantage of present relatively improved situation to make new moves toward settlement basic Palestine problems. We have been giving careful consideration to what steps might be taken and share your view that forthcoming General Assembly may provide opportunity for substantial efforts. We are not convinced, however, that at this stage we can encourage or join in any multi-nation approach to Palestine problems. Rather, we feel that an attempt to obtain some movement on individual segments of Palestine problem offers most immediate favorable prospects. Thus we are giving careful study to refugee problem. Following formulation of US approach to this problem, we may be in better position to assess chances of moving ahead with other nations prior to and in GA.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 884.411/6–557. Confidential. Drafted by Gamon, Burdett, and Ludlow; cleared by Rountree and Walmsley; and approved by Dulles.
  2. Document 335.