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U. N. Palestine Commission Meets on Repatriation of Arab Refugees

The Palestine Conciliation Commission held a closed meeting here today, then issued a communique declaring that it was bringing up to date “its extensive working papers” on the question of repatriation and compensation of Arab refugees from Palestine. The communique made it clear that the step was being taken in response to prodding by a Moslem-sponsored, Arab-backed resolution adopted just before the last General Assembly closed, on April 21, in which the Assembly noted “with regret” that the P. C. C. “has not yet been able to report progress” on repatriation and compensation of the Arab refugees.

The commission also reported in its announcement that its land expert was making progress in identifying and evaluating Arab refugee immovable property holdings in Israel. Finally, the commission stated, it had given “preliminary consideration to other measures which might be taken under the General Assembly resolution, ” and declared that it would meet again soon. The commission is composed of the United States, France and Turkey.