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U.N. Body Opens Debate on Inviting Non-member States to Sign Pact on Genocide

The U.N. Legal Committee commenced debate today on the question of sending invitations to non-member states to become signatories of the Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The Committee rejected a French proposal to defer action on genocide until the next Assembly session.

Meanwhile, the Committee passed a resolution referring the draft convention on a Declaration of the Death of Missing Persons to member states for examination and to consider the possibility of adopting legislative measures or concluding bilateral or multilateral conventions on the legal status of persons missing as a result of the war.

The World Jewish Congress submitted during the week-end a memorandum to the United Nations urging the conclusion of an international agreement to aid the heirs of persons who disappeared during World War II. The memorandum dealt with the proposed U.N. Convention on Missing Persons.

Canada today signed the U.N. convention on genocide, making the Ottawa Government the 31st nation to do so.

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