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Britain Calls for ‘world Refugee Year’ Observance in 1959-60

Establishment of a “World Refugee Year” in 1959-60, to solve the problems of refugees “wherever they may be throughout the world,” was proposed here today by the British delegation. The project would include among its beneficiaries the Arab refugees, many of whom are in camps in Arab territory adjoining Israel.

The idea of a “World Refugee Year” was first mentioned here several weeks ago by British Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd. Today, Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith, British delegate to the Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, proposed the project more formally.

Miss Hornsby-Smith said that while her government would contribute 100,000 ponds ($280,000) to the Year, the project would actually be conducted by private organizations. The purpose would be to get some countries to accept more refugees and to get other states to provide financial assistance.