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Top Leaders of U.N. Palestine Economic Survey Mission to Meet for First Time This Week

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The first meeting of the four chief members of the United Nations economic survey mission for the Middle East will take place here next Thursday.

After a meeting of Gordon R. Clapp, chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority and head of the mission; Major Sir Desmond J.F. Morton, the British deputy; Eric Labonne, French member, and Turkey’s deputy, the group will proceed the same evening to Lausanne. They will consult there with the U.N. Conciliation Commission for Palestine, to which the mission is nominally responsible, and with the Israel and Arab delegations at the Lausanne peace talks.

Both meetings will be attended by the mission’s secretary, Prof. John Reedman. Prof. Reedman was chief assistant to the former acting mediator for Palestine, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche.

The group of experts attached to the mission will be divided into four task forces. These units, he said, will operate in Israel, Iraq, Syria and Transjordan. They will have to work fast in order to meet their time-table, entailing a report to the U.N. General Assembly at the cession opening this month.

The money to be available to the survey mission will total around $400,000,000, according to Arab sources. The Israelis, however, doubt that the Funds will approach this figure.

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