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U.N. Commissioner on Aid to Arab Refugees Agrees to Consult Israel on His Report

An agreement was reached today by Israel with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency which is expected to bring an end to a practice of annual UNRWA reports to the General Assembly containing the anti-Israel views of Arab host countries for the Arab refugees.

The agreement, worked out by UNRWA Commissioner-General Laurence Michelmore and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, provides that he will prepare his annual report this year after consultation with Israeli officials. The need for such an agreement stemmed from the fact that about 500,000 Arab refugees now live in Israeli-occupied Arab territories. It was understood that the report can no longer be prepared on the basis of consultations with hostile Arab countries only.

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