Truman sided with the Arab states and small states that objected to French actions.
In the two months after Yalta, the State Department and the War Department worked through an Interdepartmental Committee on Dependent Areas to reconcile their deep differences. Unable to settle on a compromise position, the sides presented the alternatives to Roosevelt in early March. At a cabinet meeting on the ninth, the president decided that trusteeship in the Pacific would mean that "sovereignty would be vested in all of the United Nations, " 47 but the United States would seek authorization to administer the strategic islands in the region. He approved dividing designated trusteeship areas into "strategic" and "nonstrategic" territories, and limiting the role of the Trusteeship Council in those defined as strategic. On April 3 the administration revealed that at Yalta the parties had agreed to a trusteeship system as part of the new general international organization. Roosevelt scheduled a meeting for April 19 to finalize details of the American proposal. His death on the twelfth, and Truman's immediate decision to go ahead with the San Francisco Conference, meant that the new president would have to decide quickly on decolonization issues. Truman's personal inclination and the work completed to that point led him to endorse the distinction between strategic and nonstrategic territories in the proposed Charter, and to push forward with the Trusteeship Council's recommendation.
Complicating final resolution of issues at San Francisco was the atmosphere of tension developing in U.S.-Soviet relations during the spring of 1945. Even Roosevelt, who predicated so much on cooperation between the two powers, had expressed consternation at Stalin's actions in Eastern Europe. The Polish Question in particular undermined the spirit of goodwill evident at Yalta.
Less than two weeks after becoming president, Truman met with his advisers and made clear his intention to be tough with the Russians over Poland. 48 Stalin was reneging on the inclusion in the new government of Poles not part of the Lublin group. The American ambassador to the____________________