Austrian Minister Announces Resumption of Talks on Jewish Claims

Representatives of the Committee on Jewish Claims Against Austria will arrive here June 1 to re-open negotiations with the Austrian Government on Jewish demands for a lump-sum settlement of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property and individual restitution legislation, Dr. Reinhardt Kamitz, Austrian Finance Minister, announced here today.

Commenting on this announcement, Arieh Eshel, Israeli representative here, said Israel welcomes the re-opening of negotiations, particularly since some 30,000 Austrian Jews are now living in Israel where they found refuge after 1938.

He said the fact that both sides have agreed to resume the talks raises hopes for a satisfactory solution of the problems at issue. He said that once both sides agree in principle to a lump-sum settlement there are no unbridgeable obstacles to the solution of the legislative problems.

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