Berenger Urges Refugee Talks with Reich on Strength of Munich Pact
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Berenger Urges Refugee Talks with Reich on Strength of Munich Pact

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Negotiations with the German Government to solve the refugee problem, aggravated by the exodus from Sudetenland, were asked today by senator Henri Berenger, French vice-chairman of the Intergovernmental Refugee Committee, in a letter to Foreign Minister Georges Bonnet.

M. Berenger, who is head of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, urged that M. Bonnet follow up the Munich four-power agreement on Czechoslovakia by instituting immediate negotiations with the Reich regarding Jewish and other refugees in whom President Roosevelt was interested.

“The international tension, which is now fortunately over, imposed a long period of waiting upon the intergovernmental committee and upon the hundreds of thousands of human beings to whom our meetings in Evian and London, due to president Roosevelt’s generous initiative, intended to bring indispensable aid,” the letter said. “the refugees from Sudetenland are even widening this fieldwork of human solidarity.

“as vice-chairman of the intergovernmental committee I have approached directly Chairman Winterton (of Britain) for immediate resumption of our activities. At the same time, however, i have the honor to inquire of you whether you do not consider it opportune to draw the attention of the states represented in the intergovernmental committee to the urgency of such immediate action in accord with the Reich government in the atmosphere of peace now created by the Munich agreement for regulating this painful problem which we must solve.”

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