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U.N. Ad Hoc Political Committee Decides to Discuss Palestine Issues

At its first meeting today the Ad Hoc Political Committee decided to take up the question of the Arab refugees.

The Palestine Conciliation Commission–the item proposed by the Arab States–will be fifth on the committee’s list, and the complaint by Israel of violation by the Arab states of U.N. resolutions, sixth. It is expected, however, that both these items will be taken together, as they both deal with Palestine.

If the committee keeps up to schedule it should reach the Palestine issue in about a month’s time. Israeli delegates here are hoping that the Arabs will not make a political issue out of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency report, the first item on the agenda. The Ad Hoc Committee will start dealing with this tomorrow morning.

Israel yesterday voted with the majority at the U.N. General Assembly to turn down a Soviet motion inviting the Chinese Communist Government to the Assembly session to document charges that United States forces had engaged in germ warfare in Korea. The proposal was defeated by 46-5.

At the Social Committee last night, Emile Najar of Israel agreed with most of the delegates that a debate on a proposed protocol to extend to stateless persons the rights accorded refugees in the U.N. Convention on Refugees would be academic until such time as the Convention itself had been ratified. The Convention has been sighed by 20 governments, but so far none has ratified it, and the document will not come into force until six ratifications have been received.

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