State Dept. Asked to Place Dp Problem on Agenda of U.N. General Assembly

Declaring that the problem of the Jewish DP’s in Europe was “a separate and distinct” one, Rep. Frank Chelf, who was one of a fourman House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the IRO, which recently returned from Europe, today recommended that the U.S. give full support to partition of Palestine as the only solution for the displaced Jews. He also called for U.S. action to place the question of displaced persons on the agenda of the U.N. General Assembly.

He said he was seeking an interview with the State Department to ask that Secretary of State Marshall, as U.S. delegate, put the matter on the agenda and then pledge the United States to admit that number which the U.N. decided was the “fair share” of the U.S. probably, he thought, about 100,000 to 120,000, to be admitted “the sooner the better.” He expressed considerable optimism that the Congress would pass legislation to back up any such pledge made by Secretary Marshall to the U.N.

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