Bermuda Conference Will Close This Week; Decisions Will Be Kept Secret

The Anglo-American parley on refugees, which went into its second week today, is now drafting a joint report to be submitted to the U.S. and British Governments. The conference is expected to close on Wednesday or Thursday.

The American delegation at a meeting today with Mr. George Backer and the other American advisers, reviewed the week’s discussions with the British. Dr. Harold W. Dodds, head of the American delegation, at a press conference announced that the final report of the Bermuda Conference will definitely not be made public here. Instead, a general statement will probably be issued after the conference is over. He emphasized that the recommendations of the conference must remain confidential for some time because they may involve military matters.

Queried as to what action the conference has decided to take on the recommendations submitted by Jewish organizations, Dr. Dodds stated that the proposals of the Joint Emergency Committee for European Jewish Affairs, representing American Jewish organizations, have been discussed extensively. However, he refused to commit himself as to what the decisions of the conference may be with regard to these proposals.

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