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U.N. Move to Name Custodian of Arab Property in Israel Dies in Assembly

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A resolution calling for the appointment of a U.N. custodian of absentee Arab property in Israel, adopted by the General Assembly’s Special Political Committee last Saturday, was killed in the Assembly today when that body decided not to put the measure to a vote. Thus what had been a victory for the Arab bloc, turned into a move favoring Israel. Israel had stated earlier that she would not accept a custodianship of Arab property in her territory.

The resolution, sponsored in the Special Political Committee by five Asian and African countries, expired in the Assembly when Chief Adebo, representative of Nigeria, suggested that it be put aside for lack of time to consider it. The Assembly was winding up its current session and was expected to adjourn tonight. The resolution, in any event, was considered unlikely to muster the required two-thirds majority in the General Assembly or even a simple majority. For that reason, the Arab bloc voiced no objection when the Assembly decided against a vote.

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