WASHINGTON (Aug. 26)
The Arab refuges problem can be solved economically rather than politically, George C. McGhee, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, said late today at a special press conference at which he defined the objectives of the Clapp mission.
Mr. McGhee said this entirely new approach is intended to break the Lausanne stalemate on the Arab refugee problem and to promote peace and prosperity for both Jews and Arabs. He revealed the mission will be in the field within a week or ten days and that action is expected in a very short time. A report back to the coming session of the United Nations General Assembly by the mission is probable, he indicated.
Stressing that the solution of economic problems may ease political disagreement, Mr. McGhee hoped that the undertaking will lead to resumption of trade and communication between Jews and Arabs. He announced that Israel and all the Arab states have assured the Conciliation Commission of their cooperation with the Clapp mission. The Assistant Secretary said Mr. Clapp would be welcomed in the Near East because he represents the T.V.A., the T.V.A. represents water — and water represents life to the arid Near East.