U. N. Assembly to Deal with Arab Refugee Issue and Emergency Force

Only one item affecting Israeli interests directly, and another item touching upon the Israel-Arab situation in general, are included in the provisional agenda for the 16th session of the United Nations General. Assembly, disseminated by the Secretariat here today. The Assembly is scheduled to convene September 19.

Item No. 25 on the 77-point provisional agenda is entitled “Report of the Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.” That is the agenda item under which, each year, the Arab states traditionally try mustering all their forces in an effort to attack Israel, claiming that Israel is responsible for the fate of the Arab refugees and insisting that the refugees are entitled to “repatriation” to Israel or to compensation from Israel.

The next item, No. 26, deals with the United Nations Emergency Force stationed on the Egyptian-Israeli border, including a report on UNEF’s activities and the estimates of the costs of maintaining the Force for another year.

Other items on the provisional agenda of general interest to Jewish participants here ; are one dealing with the work of the U. N. High Commissioner for Refugees, whose mandate does not include Arab refugees; continuance of the debate carried on here for years now about proposed international covenants on human rights; and discussion of a draft declaration on the right of asylum drafted last year by the Commission on Human Rights. That draft includes formulation of the right of all people to emigrate from their countries of residence. Implementation of such a right could affect the right of Jews in Russia to emigrate.

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