League Council Decides to Consolidate Refugee Agencies
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League Council Decides to Consolidate Refugee Agencies

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The League of Nations Council, adopting the report of its Committee on International Assistance to Refugees, has decided to consolidate the High Commission for German Refugees and the Nansen Office for “stateless” exiles into a single refugees’ organization under a High Commissioner.

Representatives of this organization will be appointed in different countries after the consent of the respective governments is obtained. Joseph C. Avenol, League Secretary-General, was instructed to work out a detailed plan for the organization after consultation with the president of the Nansen Office and the High Commissioner for German Refugees, and to submit the plan to the next Assembly.

The Council examined the report on extension of the High Commission’s protection to include Austrian refugees.

Foreign Minister Nicolas Petrescu-Comnen of Rumania declared that the refugee problem equalled the emigration problem, for the underlying causes of which an effective solution had not been submitted. He accepted the report but reserved for the Rumanian Government the right to take up the matter again on a suitable occasion. His declaration was accepted by League the circles as indication of Rumania’s intention to bring before the League the problem of the Jews being de-nationalized by her citizenship revision.

Polish delegate Titus Komarnicki declared that prevention was better than cure, therefore a combined effort was necessary to settle Jews in countries where they would find normal conditions for economic and social development.

After adopting the report, the Council instructed Sir Neill Malcolm, High Commissioner for German Refugees, to present to the next session of the Assembly a report on the situation of Austrian refugees, and also the results of his conversations with governments interested in the refugee question.

The Jewish situation in Rumania was discussed by Foreign Minister Petrescu-Comnen with Dr. Nahum Goldmann, of the World Jewish Congress executive committee.

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