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U.S. Pledges $23 Million out of $29.3 Million Total for Arab Refugees

Twenty-seven countries pledged a total of $29,348.000 here today to help finance the 1961 operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. Dr. John H. Davis, the director of the agency furnishing relief to the Arab refugees, had asked for $40,600,000 for the financing of his ordinary operations and special educational programs for next year.

Of the total pledged today, at a special conference held for the purpose by the General Assembly, the United States offered $23,000,000, with the proviso that sufficient other monies would come in. so that the U.S.A. will pay no more than its customary 70 percent share of UNRWA costs. Britain pledged $5,400,000.