Washington Talks Seek Elimination of Differences Between Roosevelt and Allies on Refugees
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Washington Talks Seek Elimination of Differences Between Roosevelt and Allies on Refugees

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Myron C. Taylor, American vice-chairman of the Inter-governmental Committee on Refugees, conferred today with President Roosevelt at the White House in an effort to iron out differences with the British and French delegates over the President’s proposal for resettling the 10 to 20 million refugees he expects to be created by the war.

While no statement was made at the end of the interview, it was learned that the White House and Intergovernmental Committee officers were working towards elimination of conflicting views on the President’s long-range plan and would issue a communique on the matter when the committee officers reconvened on Thursday.

The British and French delegates were startled by the President’s proposal, in an address opening the conference last Tuesday, that the Intergovernmental Committee undertake a survey aimed at resettling in new territories several million of the refugees he felt would need new homes when the war ended.

The British and French representatives were said to feel that Mr. Roosevelt’s proposal was inappropriate inasmuch as one of the Allies’ war aims was the elimination of racial persecution, obviating forced emigration. These delegates were reported to have made informal representations over the President’s statement.

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