Flushing Meadows (May. 1)
Fernand Van Langenhove, Belgian delegate to the United Nations, today signed the constitution of the International Refugee Organization on behalf of his government. This brought the total to 14 of the 15 nations needed for the organization to come into existence.
(At Lausanne, where the Preparatory Commission for the I.R.O. opened its second session today, A.J. Altmeyer, its executive secretary, reported that favorable talks had been held on the integration of UNRRA and the Intergovernmental Refugee Committee into the I.R.O. The primary task facing the I.R.O., he said, is reaching an agreement with the various occupation authorities, since 90 percent of the refugees are in occupied zones.)