Votes to Establish World-wide Tracing Bureau to Locate Missing Refugees and Dp’s
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Votes to Establish World-wide Tracing Bureau to Locate Missing Refugees and Dp’s

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Establishment by the International Refugee Organization of a Central Tracing Bureau, charged with seeking the hundreds of thousand of displaced persons and refugees who have disappeared, was given first priority the IRO Preparatory Commission, which concluded its second session here this ##.

Arthur J. Altmeyer, executive secretary of the Commission, was directed to ## steps to set up the bureau as soon as possible and to confer with the International Red Cross and governmental authorities for cooperation. All governments con##ned will be asked to submit lists of names, with particulars, of persons to be ##ed, and countries where tracing operations are to be carried out will be called to cooperate. Zonal tracing services now operating in Germany and Austria will maintained.

It was announced yesterday that the Commission has approved a budget of 12,045,000 for the first operational year, beginning July 1. This represents percent of the original estimated budget. However, if the necessary sums are ##rthcoming from member nations, the full budget will be put into effect. An administrative budget of $4,800,000 was approved, with the understanding that it would operated on a 75 percent basis until sufficient funds were available.Altmeyer was authorized to call on U.S. Secretary-General Trygve Lie for advance from the U.N. working capital fund to finance July operations, if contritions from IRO members are not forthcoming by them.

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