American is Named Head of U.N. Group to Survey Economic Conditions in Meddle East
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American is Named Head of U.N. Group to Survey Economic Conditions in Meddle East

Gordon R. Clapp, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, was today appointed by the U.S. Government to head the U.N. Economic Survey Mission for the Middle East which is being set up as a subsidiary organ of the United Stated Palestine Conciliation Commission now meeting at Lausanne in an attempt to bring about a permanent peace between Israel and the Arab countries.

Mr. Clapp will be assisted by a staff of about 40 and by three deputies, one of them British, one a Frenchman and one a Turk. The names of the deputies will be announced at a later date, U.N. Secretary General Trygve Lie said today. He revealed that Mr. Clapp will come to Lake Success early next week for consultations, after which he will immediately proceed to Palestine.

Mr. Clapp has been with the Tennessee Valley Authority since 1933. Earlier, he was assistant dean of Lawrence College at Appleton, Wisconsin, from which he was graduated in 1927. He is 44 years old. The survey, which he will conduct in all countries affected by the Palestine war, is expected to last about six weeks. Its results will be reported to the U.N. General Assembly, whose next session opens at Flushing Meadows next month.

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