U.S. Not to Play Active Role at Geneva Refugee Parley

The State Department informed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that the United States would not take an active part at the inter-governmental conference on refugees which will be held in Geneva July 2 under the auspices of the League of Nations High Commission for Refugees.

In reply to an inquiry, Clement C. Dunn, chief of the State Department’s Division of Western Europe Affairs, said that “as the agenda of the conference calls for discussion only of matters pertaining to the legal status of German and other refugees, and as the status of aliens coming to the United States is already regulated by law, whether or not they are refugees, this Government does not contemplate taking an active part in the forthcoming conference.”

He added that the United States “does contemplate being represented by an observer and has requested Mr. Prentiss B. Gilbert, American consul at Geneva, to attend the conference as an observer or to designate a member of his staff to act in that capacity.”

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