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    In the Lebanese mountain village of Sofar, representatives of all Arab League governments, except Tunisia, met Aug 8 to discuss the recent report of United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjoeld on the Palestinian refugee problem, and to propose joint recommendations concerning the report, to be submitted to the Arab League Foreign Ministers meeting at Casablanca on Sept 1.

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    In the Lebanese mountain village of Sofar, representatives of all Arab League governments, except Tunisia, met Aug 8 to discuss the recent report of United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjoeld on the Palestinian refugee problem, and to propose joint recommendations concerning the report, to be submitted to the Arab League Foreign Ministers meeting at Casablanca on Sept 1.

    The report recommends that continued relief from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency after next year should depend on the "integration of the refugees into the economic life of the Middle East." The "experts" unanimously decided to reject the report. They insist the refugees must remain refugees until such time as the United Nations exerts its authority to restore them to their homes, and any direct acceptance of responsibility for them would, in the official view, weaken this legal and moral case.

    After ten barren years of negotiating, there are signs that this massive "anti-Israel" front will crack. The "host" countries themselves have differing degrees of concern. In Egypt and Jordan the refugees are still living in what may be regarded as Palestinian territory. In Syria the integration would present large economic problems. But in Lebanon insurmountable social and political problems are involved. Numbering 12 per cent of the population, their admission to citizenship would change the social aspect of the nation. It would destroy the balance between Christian and Moslem that is Lebanon's chief pride and justification.

    Although flatly refusing to be responsible for their destitute subjects now rotting in camps surrounding Israel, the "experts", through Mr. Mustafa, Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League, announced "they graciously agreed that the costly ministrations of U.N.W.R.A. should continue."

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    Film ID:
    VLVABWBMA4MPKSP7BZ5S8QOWZK3NU
    Media URN:
    VLVABWBMA4MPKSP7BZ5S8QOWZK3NU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
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    N/A

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