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Rumanian Delegation at Peace Conference Rejects British Proposal for Rights of Jews

September 10, 1946
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The Rumanian delegation at the Peace Conference here today rejected a British proposal aimed at guaranteeing the rights of Jews in Rumania. The proposal was offered as an amendment to the peace treaty draft.

A statement issued by the Rumanian delegation said: “If such an amendment were accepted, Rumania would then be subject to a humiliating trusteeship system conceivable only in the case of backward nations.

“The only kind of equality which exists between states would be forgotten,” the statement continued. “Equality before the rule of the law should apply to all members of the community of nations. The attempt to create a so-called system of equality and protection of the rights of man would in fact entail the creation of a system of inequality between states.”

The Rumanian statement claimed that the British amendment would be in flagrant contradiction of the principles of sovereign equality of nations. It enumerated various provisions in the Rumanian constitution guaranteeing against discrimination as well as a number of laws recently enacted in Rumania, which, it maintained, covers the same ground as the British amendment “which is thereby rendered superfluous.”

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