United Nations Establish Inquiry Committee on Refugees and Displaced Persons

A special committee to deal with problems of refugees and displaced persons will be established by the United Nations Organization under the auspices of its Social and Economic Council, it was learned here today, following the closing session of the UNO General Assembly last night.

A resolution for the establishment of such a body was introduced by U.S. Ambassador John Winant, in his capacity as a member of the American delegation to the Assembly. The resolution asked that the committee, when established, should initiate a thorough investigation of all aspects of the refugee problem and appoint sub-committees to conduct inquiries among the refugees. The committee is to report its findings to the forthcoming session of the Council.

Sir Herbert Emerson, director of the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees, and Herbert H. Lehman, head of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, will be invited to sit on the committee in a consultative capacity. The committee will meet in London not later than April. Its report will be circulated to all members of the UNO prior to the next assembly of the United Nations Organization, which will take place in New York in September.

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