November 7, 1950 Arab Refugees


Arab RefugeesIn the course of the debate which preceded adoption, speakers underscored that the return of the refugees to Palestine (Israel) was not in their own interest.

Thus, the delegate of Canada, M.H. Lapointe, said:

“My delegation hoped that the refugees would be told that their future would be more promising if they agreed to permanent settlement in Arab countries.”

The United States view set forth by John Ross was:

“ … For the reasons stated earlier, the United States delegation considered that the United Nations in general and the states directly concerned in particular should realize that direct assistance to refugees could not continue forever.  Accordingly, a constructive program had to be adopted which would enable refugees to become an economic asset for the Near East countries.”

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