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March 14, 1980 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-03-14

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French Push EEC Recognition of the PLO

(Continued from Page 1)
follow the lead of France in
recognizing self-
determination for the
British Foreign Secretary
Lord Carrington has been
pressing that view for some
time. Israeli political circles
believe it is inevitable that
the three EEC powers will
onsor a resolution in the
. urity Council stressing
e role of the Palestinians
and possibly recognizing
the PLO as their main or
sole representative.
Israel has taken a grave
view of these moves and its
ambassadors in Bonn, Paris
and London have expressed
their government's dis-
pleasure over the recent
statements with respect to
the Middle East.
Giscard called for the
Palestine Liberation
Organization's participa-
tion in the current peace
process as the only way
to solve the Middle East
- The French president
steessed, however, that any
solution should preserve the
rights of all countries in the
region to safe, recognized
and guaranteed borders.
Contrary to the PLO, he did
not specifically mention Is-
rael by name in this last
This is the first time that
the leader of a major West-
ern country has publicly
called for the PLO's partici-

pation in any Middle East
peace process or negotia-
tion. French officials later
said that France will con-
tinue its action in favor of
Palestinian participation
and will try to have United
Nations Security Council
Resolution 242 amended in
this sense should the au-
tonomy talks between Is-
rael, Egypt and the United
States fail to reach an ac-
ceptable solution by May
26, the Camp David dead-
Last week in Kuwait,
Giscard called for Palesti-
nian self-determination but
did not mention the PLO by
name nor call for its partici-
pation in the peace talks.
French political
sources say Giscard has
obtained the backing of
practically all of France's
EEC allies. These sources
say the foreign ministers
of the nine-member EEC
met this week in Brussels
to study a joint statement
recognizing the PLO.
Six of the EEC member
states are believed to favor
such recognition: France,
Britain, Belgium, Ireland,
Italy and Luxemburg. Ac-
cording to diplomatic
sources in Brussels two
more members, West Ger-
many and Holland, favor
such a statement but are
still undecided as to its util-
ity and only one, Denmark
is still relatively uncommit-

If adopted, such a resolu-
tion would open the doors to
West European recognition
by the various individual
ECC member states. It
could also influence other,
non-committed Western
states, in Europe and Latin
America, and might even
have an impact in the
United States.
Meanwhile, the Repre-
sentative Council of French
Major Jewish Organiza-
tions (CRIF) accused Gis-
card of "jeopardizing the
current Mideast peace proc-
ess and compromising the
Isareli-Egyptian peace
The CRIF said that
"France's organized
Jewish community is re-

solutely opposed to the
French policy as defined
by the president." The
communique stressed
that Giscard's "unilateral
declaration and his spec-
tacular initiatives, with-
out demanding that the
PLO modifies its charter
in which it calls for Is-
rael's destruction, repre-
sent a serious danger for
Last week, a four-
member French Jewish
delegation led by Alain de
Rothschild, president of
CRIF, met with Premier
Raymond Barre to protest
against the French initia-
tives and to call on the gov-
ernment to reconsider its
Middle East policies.

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Envoys Mark Peace Treaty
at Special German Concert

BONN (JTA) — The
Egyptian and the Israeli
ambassadors in Bonn,
Omar Sirry and Yohanan
Meroz, attended a concert
together last week to mark
the peace treaty between
the two countries.
In the crowded hall of
Bahnhof Rolandseck, south
of Bonn, a couple of hundred
prominent German and
foreign guests, including
many colleagues of the two
ambassadors, enjoyed the
music of Beethoven,
Brahms and Mozart played
by Israeli violinist Pinhas
Zukerman and American
pianist Mark Neikrug.
Meroz expressed pleasure
with' the unusual event,
which he described as very
moving. Adding a political
-)te to his short address he
,aid the peace process is still
to be widened and deepened.
_Although some patience is
squired, Meroz said, he
.ias sure that the process
will bring about a lasting
peace with all of Israel's
Sirry expressed the
hope that in the near fu-
ture more peace treaties
could be signed. "I think
above all about a peace
between the Israelis and
the Palestinians," he
said. Referring directly
to Meroz's remarks, he
said it might be disadvan-
tageous if too much time
elapsed to bring about
the desired results.
The mayor of the small
community of Rolandseck
called on the two ambas-

sadors to promote young ar-
tists from their countries.
The concert was initiated
and launched by Zukerman
who also helped make
possible its sponsorship by
the local authorities. Sirry
and Meroz had previously
met on several occasions.

2 Jews Named
to Canada Govt.

mier Pierre Elliott Trudeau
has named two Jews to his
32-member cabinet. They
are Herbert Gray, 48, of
Windsor minister of indus-
try, trade and commerce,
and Robert Kaplan, also 48,
of Toronto, as solicitor gen-
Kaplan is a newcomer to
the cabinet while Gray was
minister of revenue under
Trudeau from 1972-1976.
When he was named in
1972, he was the first Jew to
be a cabinet member,.
Gray and Kaplan were
among four Jews re-elected
in the Feb. 18 election. The
others were David Berger of
Quebec, who, like the two
ministers, is a member of
the Liberal Party, and
David Orlikow, of Win-
nipeg, Manitoba, a member
of the New Democratic
The new minister of state
for external affairs is Marc
MacGuigan, an Ontario MP
who is a newcomer to the
cabinet and who is not
known to have taken any
previous stands on foreign




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