Menu JTA Search

I.r.o. Presents Plan to United Nations Body for Continuation of Refugee Relief Work

The International Refugee Organization today presented to the U.N. Economic and Social Council, new meeting here, a program for the continuation of refugee relief activities after the I.R.O. suspends its operations. The plan suggests that: 1. Assistance to and protection of refugees on an international basis should continue after June, 1950, when the I.R.O. liquidates its activities; 2. An organ, within the framework of the United Nations, should be entrusted with that responsibility, and 3. The Economic and Social Council should set up a relief fund after the I.R.O. is terminated.

A proposal that the I.R.O. continue its activities as a specialized agency was rejected by the Council. Alternatives suggestions urged the establishment of a high commissioner’s office for refugees by the United Nations, or the assumption of relief responsibility by the U.N. Secretariat. The Council is new debating these suggestions.

NEXT STORY