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National Minorities’ Protection Brought to Attention of League Assembly

September 20, 1926
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The question of the League of Nation’s protection for national minorities in European countries was brought to the attention of the Assembly of the League of Nations in connection with the reorganization of the League’s Council and the introduction of new permanent, semi-permanent and temporary seats in the Council.

It was learned today following the departure of Lucien Wolf, secretary of the Joint Foreign Committee of London, that he had submitted a brief to Secretary General of the League of Nations Sir Eric Drummond on behalf of the Anglo-Jewish Joint Foreign Committee, the French Alliance Israelite Universelle, and the American Jewish Congress, in which a number of suggestions were made concerning the national minorities’ protection in connection with the election of new members to the Council. It was stated that the request was expressed by Mr. Wolf that the election of non-permanent members to the Council should occassion an examination into the question of whether the proposed states have complied with the provisions of the national minority treaties guaranteed by the League of Nations.

The Assembly of the League elected nine non-permanent members of the Council. Of the three non-permanent seats created only one was filled, this for Poland, which was elected by a special resolution, providing that Poland will be eligible for re-election following a three year period of non-permanent membership, in accordance with pledged said to have been given to the Polish government by France and England.

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