New York Times

August 01 1971


U.S. Wins Acceptance by Thant and Yahya on Plan for 153-Man Relief Unit

East Pakistan to Get U.N. Aides Under a Plan Sponsored by U.S.

By Benjamin Welles

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WASHINGTON, July 31—The United States, working behind the scenes, has won the agreement of both Pakistan and the United Nations to station an international group of 153 civilian relief and rehabilitation experts in East Pakistan under United Nations sponsorship, officials said today.

Moreover, they said, the United States has notified U Thant, Secretary General of the United Nations, that it will contribute $1‐million at once as an initial payment to help the group organize and fly necessary equipment to Dacca.

Among the United Nations staff will be 73 monitors, who will be stationed at four area offices in Dacca, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna and at 69 other locations. Each monitor will be linked by radio with a United Nations headquarters in Dacca, qualified informants said.

“The presence of 73 U.N. monitors, each reporting on conditions in his area, may cool off passions and damp down military reprisals,” one informant said. “It's not the. U.N. function to do this—but it will be an important side effect.”

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