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June 29, 1979 - Image 9

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Carter
announces
doubling
of refugee
admissions
TOKYO lAP) President Carter
announced yesterday the United States
will double its admissions of In-
dochinese refugees. It was the first ac-
complishment of an economic summit
conference that is moving toward a
compromise on curbing oil imports.
U.S. officials expressed hope that
rival European and American plans to
limit oil imports could be reconciled
before the conference of the world's
seven major industrialized
democracies adjourns today.
JUST BEFORE the last day's
sessions began, Carter said worldwide
suffering would result from what he
called an "extraordinary" price in-
crease by the Organization of
Petroleum Exporting Countries
(OPEC).
Carter said the latest boost, coming
on top of earlier increases, means a 60
per cent increase in the price of impor-
ted oil since December. He said this
would add two percentage points to U.S
inflation by the end of next year, and
cut economic growth by at least two per
cent.
Carter called on Congress, which he
said had so far failed to pass a single
bill to deal with the oil problem, to
quickly approve his proposals to tax oil
profits and plow back the money into
developing alternatives to imported
petroleum.
HE CALLED for spending "billions of
dollars" with the aim of making the
United States self-sufficient in energy.
Carter and the leaders of France,
Britain, and West Germany made a
last-minute change in their schedules to
meet at breakfast this morning at the
French Embassy in what appeared to
be an attempt to reconcile their dif-
ferences.
The United States is prepared to limit
oil imports next year to the same 8.5
million-barrel-a-day target it has set
for 1979, itself a reduction from what
imports would have been without
restraints, officials said.
BUT THEY cautioned against expec-
ting any summit action that would
provide relief this summer for
motorists in gasoline lines. Rather,
they said, their goal is to keep the
gasoline and oil shortage from wor-
sening.
Carter disclosed after the first day of
the two-day summit yesterday that the
United States, acting because
"thousands of lives are at stake," will
admit 14,000 refugees a month, up from
7,000 under current monthly limits.
"We can and will work together to
find homes and jobs for Indochinese
refugees," he said.
THE U.S. ACTION was seen as a
move to stimulate the other nations at
the summit - France, West Germany,
Britain, Japan, Italy, and Canada - to
take similar steps. They pledged in a
joint statement to "significantly in-
crease" their efforts to aid and resettle
refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia.
The summit group also asked the
United Nations to convene an inter-
national conference in Geneva during
the third week of July to deal with the
rapidly worsening refugee problem.

PRESIDENT CARTER yesterday announced the United States would accept twice as many Indochinese refugees as before.
These refugees from Vietnam rested on the beach of Pulau Bidong after arriving Sunday afternoon.

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