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Palestine Arabs Split on Unity; Pan-arab Conference Opens Today in Egypt

On the eve of the opening of the pan-Arab unity conference in Alexandria tomorrow, it was learned here today that a conference of the leading sheikhs of Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Transjordan will be held shortly to decide on measures to support the anti-Zionist demands of the Palestine Arabs.

Meanwhile, it appears that the Palestine Arabs will not be represented at the unity parley because of failure of the various parties to agree on a single delegation. A meeting called over the week-end to choose such a delegation was without result because of the absence of the Arab National Bloc and the Arab Defense Party which rejected invitations to participate in establishing a “higher committee” to represent all Palestine Arabs at Alexandria.

Iraquian Premier Hamid Bahgagi arriving here on route to Alexandria told a press conference that “as things stand we consider Palestine represented at the conference, since we are jointly the trustees of her independence and integrity and intend to achieve Arab aspirations in Palestine.”

Another country which will not be represented at the conference is Saudi Arabia, whose ruler, Ibn Saud, continues to maintain that the parley is useless until the question of Palestine can be solved after the war.

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