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Unrra Committee Opens Debate on Problem of Displaced Persons Who Refuse to Be Repatriated

The Committee on Policy of the UNRRA Council today began debate on the problem of displaced persons. On that subject the sessions of the committee, which is headed by Jan Macaryk, the Czechoslovak Foreign Minister, may last several days since the problem has great importance for the hundreds of thousands of persons who are expected still to remain under UNRRA’s care next winter in Germany and Austria.

The Committee has been asked to rule on two points. These are, first, the authority of the UNRRA administration to assist in the care of displaced persons who cannot or do not wish to return to their homelands and, second, the question of an agreement with the governments of which displaced persons are nationals as a prerequisite to their care in enemy or ex-enemy countries.