UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Nov. 28)
After more than two weeks of debate of the Arab refugee problem, the General Assembly’s special political committee finally received today the draft of a resolution dealing with the problem, emphasizing repatriation as well as rehabilitation of the refugees and a request that the Arab governments cooperate in carrying out reconstruction projects.
However, resettlement of the refugees, which appeared in an earlier version of the draft of a resolution does not appear at all in the final draft. Furthermore, the resolution’s reference to constructive projects seems to have been watered down.
The resolution, sponsored by the United States, Britain and Turkey, recognizes the insistence of the Arab states upon repatriation of the refugees, but appears to place greater stress upon constructive efforts designed to rehabilitate the refugees. The resolution was introduced after a final round of Arab abuse of Israel and of Jews in general.