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Iraq Inclined to Show Interest in Resettlement of Arab Refugees

Iraq is inclined to show keen interest in the Arab refugee resettlement plan recently proposed by United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, according to the Times of London.

A Times dispatch received today from Baghdad reports that Iraq is sending to the next session of the UN General Assembly, which will convene September 15, a 12-man delegation that will be “the strongest” ever sent to the Assembly by the Baghdad government. The delegation will be headed by Foreign Minister Hashim Jawad, and will include some of Baghdad’s most experienced diplomats who are how assigned to posts in Washington, Teheran, Bonn and New Delhi.

Mr. Hammarskjold’s Arab refugee resettlement plan has evoked mixed feelings among Arab governments, those affiliated with the United Arab Republic being violently opposed to the plan while other Arab governments, notably Lebanon and possibly Jordan also, insist that the Hammarskjold plan must not be rejected totally and that some other constructive proposals must be made by the Arab states.

Resettlement of the more than 900, 000 Arab refugees is of interest to Iraq which is in need of manpower to aid its large-scale development plans. The Arab refugees are now housed, about 40 percent of them, in camps in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. There are believed to be some thousands of the refugees in Iraq, but none of them under care of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Arab Refugees, the official UN relief arm for the refugees.

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