United Nations Starts Debate on Palestine Refugee Situation

Leslie J. Carver, acting director of the United Nations Relief and Works agency for Palestine Refugees, told the Ad Hoc Political Committee that the programs on his agency’s long range plan to resettle the refugees had been “disappointing.” Mr. Carver’s report opened the debate on the Palestine refugees today.

The acting director said that this was due to the attitude of the refugees and the Arab governments. The United Nations, he said, could not compel the refugees to accept facilities which they were determined to refuse. He said that whenever he spoke to the Arab refugees about this matter their request had always been the same: “Tell the United Nations that we will not accept anything but the return to our homes, which the General Assembly approved in 1948.”

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