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U.S. Delegation at United Nations Indicates Possibility of Compromise on Jerusalem

The United States may be open to compromise on the issue of the internationalization of Jerusalem, it was indicated today in U.S. delegation circles at the United Nations.

The degree of compromise, it was explained, will be determined by a multitude of factors involving U.S. obligations to satisfy the interests of the Vatican, Great Britain and the Arab states. However, it is generally stated that the American position is now more flexible than the formula expressed in the opening speech before the General Assembly by Secretary of State Dean Acheson.

As regards the overall peace settlement, the State Department is inclined to evaluate this problem in terms of years rather than months, it was hinted. With the peace in the hands of the Security Council and the armistice commission, State Department opinion is said to veer more and more toward an indefinite delay in its efforts to achieve a final and formal peace between Israel and its neighboring states.

The United States hopes that the economic survey mission will shortly come through with a scheme for the temporary solution of the refugee problem on an economic rather than a political basis. The first meeting of the U.N. advisory committee on refugees held yesterday expressed its support of the Secretary-General’s conviction that the present Assembly will have to vote new funds for the continuation of relief at least through the winter months.

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