• Short Summary

    THE UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL COMMITTEE WAS TOLD YESTERDAY THAT DURING THE PAST FEW WEEKS. ARAB?

  • Description


    U.N. BUILDING; MICHELMORE SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: MICHELMORE: "IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, ARMED MEN HAVE BEEN PRESENT IN A NUMBER OF THE CAMPS AND THE GOVERNMENT'S REGULAR POLICE AND OTHER STAFF HAVE BEEN ABSENT. AT TIMES, THE ARMED MEN HAVE EXERCISED CONTROL OVER ENTRY TO AND DEPARTURE FORM THE CAMPS. FOR A FEW DAYS, UNRWA STAFF WERE UNABLE TO ENTER SOME OF THE CAMPS, BUT THEREAFTER THEY HAVE HAD ACCESS AND UNRWA SERVICES HAVE OPERATED IN A NEARLY NORMAL MANNER. IN A FEW CAMPS, THE ARMED MEN HAVE OCCUPIED ONE OF THE UNRWA BUILDINGS, A YOUTH CENTRE OR A WOMEN'S CENTRE, PERHAPS SIX BUILDING ALTOGETHER IN THE WHOLE OF LEBANON. EXCEPT FOR THESE INSTANCES WHICH HAVE INTERRUPTED THE ACTIVITIES AND SUPPLIES HAVE NOT BEEN INTERFERED WITH. SO FAR AS THE OCCUPIED BUILDINGS ARE CONCERNED UNRWA HAS REQUESTED THE GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITIES TO ARRANGE FOR THEIR EARLY RETURN TO UNRWA'S USE. UNRWA IS CONTINUING ITS PROGRAMME OF HUMANITARIAN SERVICES AND MAINTAINING ITS CONTROL OVER THE ASSISTANCE IT PROVIDES UP TO THE POINT WHERE THE ASSISTANCE IS RECEIVED BY THE INTENDED BENEFICIARIES, THE NEEDY REFUGEES.




    Initials AJC/N_TELE/JF/MH



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    Background: THE UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL COMMITTEE WAS TOLD YESTERDAY THAT DURING THE PAST FEW WEEKS. ARAB COMMANDS HAVE INTERRUPTED NORMAL ACTIVITIES IN U.N. REFUGEE CAMPS IN LEBANON. LAWRENCE MICHELMORE, COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF THE U.N. RELIEF AND WORK AGENCY (UNWRA) SAID HOWEVER HE WAS SATISFIED HAT THE INTEGRITY OF UNRWA'S OPERATIONS HAD BEEN MAINTAINED.

    THERE WERE REPORTS LAST WEEK THAT MOST OF THE UNWRA CAMPS IN LEBANON HAD BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE COMMANDOS.

    AT THE OPENING OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE'S DEBATE ON UNRWA OPERATIONS, MICHELMORE CONCEDED THAT ARMED MEN HAD BEEN PRESENT IN A NUMBER OF CAMPS AND THAT THE LEBANESE GOVERNMENT'S REGULAR POLICE AND OTHER STAFF HAD BEEN ABSENT. BUT HE ADDED THAT UNRWA ASSISTANCE WAS BEING MAINTAINED TO THE REFUGEES AND WAS NOT BEING DIVERTED TO OTHER PURPOSES.

    THE AGENCY LOOKS AFTER 1,400,000 REFUGEES IN THE MIDDLES EAST.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE2YI9GG20BDYZKIVCZ6VS12QR
    Media URN:
    VLVAE2YI9GG20BDYZKIVCZ6VS12QR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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