Roosevelt Refugee Parley Set for June 6 in France; League Aid Offered to U.S. Envoy

The 28-power conference called by President Roosevelt to lay plans for facilitating emigration of refugees will be held beginning June 6 in Evian-Les-Bains, France, it was disclosed today by Leland Harrison, United States Minister to Switzerland, to a League of Nations delegation which visited him to offer cooperation.

The League officials, members of the Council’s Committee on International Assistance to Refugees, sought coordination of refugee-aid work between the League and the United States. They emphasized that the League was greatly interested in the conference called by President Roosevelt and asked Mr. Harrison to inform the President of their intention to recommend close cooperation between the League and the agency to be established under the Roosevelt plan.

The delegation informed Mr. Harrison of recommendations the committee had decided to submit to the Council for reorganization of the League’s present refugee activities. The recommendations are expected to include consolidation of the League’s High Commission for German Refugees with the Nansen Office for “stateless” refugees, with the new organization divided into two sections, one for holders of Nansen passports and the other for German and Austrian refugees.

The announcement of the time and date of the international conference was made by Mr. Harrison in reply to the delegation’s query on the program of the meeting.

The League committee, which was scheduled to submit its report to the Council today, was not expected to present it before the end of the week in view of the Council’s preoccupation with the Spanish and Ethiopian questions. The committee comprises the delegates of Britain, France and Bolivia.

Preoccupation with other questions also prevented the Committee of Three on the Rumanian Jewish question from holding a meeting scheduled for today to consider petitions charging Rumania with violation of the 1919 Minorities Treaty, but the committee will meet before the end of the current Council session. It was learned reliably that the committee does not intend to submit recommendations on the petitions at this session, but will consider them pending action at the Council’s September session.

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