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A/AC.21/UK/143
17 May 1948





17 May 1948



UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION

Communication Received from United Kingdom
Delegation Concerning Release of Sterling
Balances after 15 May





The following communication, concerning the release of sterling balances after 15 May, has been received from Mr. Fletcher-Cooke of the United Kingdom Delegation.




UNITED KINGDOM DELEGATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Empire State Building, New York 1, N.Y.
14th May, 1948

My dear Bunche,

May I refer you to your letter of 6th May regarding the Commission’s views on the release of Sterling Balances after 15th May, 1948.

2. The Commission’s views as set out in your letter were duly brought to the notice of His Majesty’s Government and I have been instructed to reply as follows:

(i) His Majesty’s Government have carefully considered the views of the Commission in this matter but they regret that they are unable to depart from the position set out in my letter of 2nd May.

(ii) In order to clarify the position, His Majesty’s Government issued a statement for publication in the press in London at midday today - 14th May. The text of this statement is as follows: -

3. There is, of course, no objection to this statement being given publicity in New York.

Yours sincerely,
J. Fletcher-Cooke (signed)

Dr. Ralph J. Bunche,
Principal Secretary to the United Nations
Commission on Palestine,
United Nations, Lake Success.

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