Moscow (Nov. 16)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Fifteen delegates from foreign countries and 200 representatives from Russia were present at the opening session of the Jewish land settlement conference called by the Ozet, the society for settling Jews on the land, here last night. It was declared that the delegates represent 276 branches of the society with a membership of 60,000.
Twenty-four Communists and twenty non-partisans were elected to the praesidium of the conference. Michael Kalinin, president of the Wzik, the Central Executive Committee; Tcherviakoff. president of the White Russian Savnarcom; Petrowsky, president of the Ukrainian Wzik and Piotr Smidovitch, vice-president of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics, were elected honorary members of the praesidium.
The conference was welcomed by representatives of the Caucasian. Georgian and Armenian Republics and by representatives of the Russian workers, the Crimea, While Russian and Ukrainian peasants and others. Telegraphic messages were received from the Republic of White Russia and the Tartar Republic, as well as messages from the Narcomzem, the national commissarial of agriculture and from a number of government and social organizations.
J. Larin, addressing the conference on behalf of the Comzet, the governmental department for settling Jews on the land, declared that the Soviet Government will allot enough land for the Jewish land settlement, but the social organizations must supply the means for the settlement work.