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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, December 13, 1985 63

Reagan Seeks Syrian Involvement
In Middle East Peace Process

Washington ,(JTA) — The Re-
agan Administration appeared
to be making a concerted effort
last week to get Syria involved
in the Middle East peace proc-
ess, or at least agree not to con-
tinue trying to sabotage it.
We hope that Syria can be
helpful in the peace process,"
Secretary of State George Shultz
said at a State Department
press conference Friday.
But Shultz conceded that
Syria does not support the Ad-
ministration's basic requirement
for a peace agreement — direct
negotiation between Israel and
its Arab neighbors.
However, he said that Richard
Murphy,•Assistant Secretary of
State for Near Eastern and
South Asian Affairs, had some
"very interesting and worth-
while discussions" during his re-
cent visit to Syria.
Shultz's remarks followed a
statement by State Department
spokesman Bernard Kalb
Thursday in which he said the
United States hoped that Syria
would join the peace process and

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The Secretary
continued to rule out
an international
conference.

stressed that it is U.S. policy
that the future of the Golan
Heights, not just the West Bank
and Gaza, should be resolved
through negotiations.
At his press conference,
Shultz maintained that "there
has been some -very considerable
progress" in the peace process.
"I think the recognition all
around that in the end direct
negotiations has to be the way
in which an answer is found is
positive," he said.
But when he was asked if he
was including Syria, he said he
was not but was thinking about
Jordan, Egypt, Israel and some
"moderate elements" supporting
them.
Shultz said another positive
development is "the recognition
that its the process that we need
to get going rather than feeling
that there has to be an end re-
sult preordained."
"There isn't any preordained
outcome," he said. "That's the
whole point of negotiations."
However, Shultz said the
problem remains of finding
"what the right way is to repre-
sent Palestinians" on a joint
delegation with Jordan and
some "appropriate international
context" for the negotiations.
The Secretary continued to
rule out an international confer-
ence sought by King Hussein
because it would include the
Soviet Union. He said the USSR
would first have to establish
diplomatic relations with Israel,
"examine the way it treats Jews
in the Soviet Union" and "take
a look at its emigration policy."
Meanwhile, Shultz pointed out
that the "bloodiest war" now in
the Mideast is the war between
Iran and Iraq "which we would

like to see draw to an end." He
said the U.S. has urged its
friends to stop supplying arms
to Iran and if all countries, in-
cluding the Soviet Union, ended
their arms supplies to the two
countries "perhaps we can see a
resolution to that war."
Hussein, in an interview pub-
lished last week in the Wall
Street Journal, said that while
"many problems" need to be
overcome, the Syrians are in-
terested in getting involved in
an Arab-Israeli peace initiative
"under the right conditions."
Hussein noted that among the
problems remains Syria's nega-
tive attitude toward Jordan's
plan to pursue peace jointly
with PLO chief Yasir Arafat. "I
can't say that we have done
much beyond making a good be-
ginning, and there is much to be
clarified and thrashed around
with in discussions," Hussein
said.
Meanwhile, Hussein warned
that congressional rejection of
proposed arms sales to Jordan
would result in the "end of 28
years of a relationship of friend-
ship and trust and cooperation"
between the U.S. and Jordan on
military issues.
In other news concerning
possible peace in the Mideast,
Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak's latest message to
Premier Shimon Peres has
raised genuine if cautious op-
timism here that Israeli-
Egyptian relations will soon be
significantly improved.
The message was delivered to
Peres last week by Egypt's Oil
Minister, Abdel Hadi Kandil,
who came here on a two-day of-
ficial visit. Its contents were re-
leased Dec. 3 on the eve of the
departure for Cairo of a high
level Israeli delegation to re-
sume talks with Egypt over the
Taba border dispute.
The message, warm and
friendly in tone, dealt with the
peace process, bilateral issues
and the murder of seven Israeli
tourists at Ras Burka in Sinai
by an allegedly berserk Egyp-
tian policeman. Four of the vic-
tims were children and passions
are still running high in Israel
because of allegations the Egyp-
tian authorities were tardy in
providing medical help and be-
cause their official investigation
is still not completed.
Mubarak expressed under-
standing of Israeli anger. He
termed the crime a deviant act
that did not reflect the feelings
of the Eiwptian people. He said
the investigation is being pur-
sued intensively and if there has
been a paucity of details it was
only to avoid interference with
the judicial process which he
hoped would be completed
shortly.
In an interview in the Wash-
ington Post last week, Mubarak
said "the PLO is the sole repre-
sentative of the Palestinians,
whether we like it or not." He
said the United States should
not try to weaken the strength
of the PLO.
But Mubarak praised Peres
for his "flexibility" on a number
of issues and suggested, the Post

reported, that the only thing
now blocking a meeting between
the two leaders is the dispute
over Taba. Such a meeting,
Mubarak said, could be accom-
panied by a return to Israel of
Egypt's ambassador, withdrawn
in 1982.
The Israeli and Egyptian
delegations which resumed talks
on the Taba border dispute in
Cairo last week, resumed the
negotiations Tuesday at a hotel
in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv.
Informed sources said the two
sides are on the same
wavelength, but still separated
by a wide gulf. The situation is
complicated by a sharp division
inside the Israeli delegation re-
flecting the differences between
labor and Likud over how the
dispute should be settled.
in
newspapers,
Some
Jerusalem reported today that
Foreign Minister and Deputy
Premier Yitzhak Shamir, leader
of Likud, has expressed disatis-
faction over the way the talks
went at the Mena House in
Cairo last week. Specifically, he
has accused the head of the
delegation, Gen. Avraham
Tamir, Director General of the
Prime Minister's Office, of tak-
ing a too conciliatory attitude
toward the Egyptians.
Tamir is a laborite. Likud is
represented on the delegation by
David Kimche, Director General
of the Foreign Ministry. Labor
is apparently willing to meet
Egypt's long-standing demand
that the Taba dispute be put to
binding arbitration. Likud in-
sists on conciliation, with arbi-
tration only a last resort. Both
methods are allowed under the
terms - of the 1979 Israeli-
Egyptian peace treaty.
Labor and Likud were unable
to reconcile their different ap-
proaches before the Taba talks
were resumed last week after a
prolonged hiatus. Tamir was
said to be inching toward a
practical discussion of how to
prepare for arbitration, for
example, the nature of the ques-
tions the arbitrator would be
asked to decide on, while trying
conciliation 7/8 essentially com-
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Ethiopians Cited

New York (JTA) — The
people of the Ethiopian province
of Gondar were presented with a
symbolic key for a health center
in Tedar from the American
Jewish Joint Distribution Com-
mittee last week. It was ac-
cepted on their behalf by the
Ethiopian Ambassador to the
United Nations, Eierhanu Dinka.
The ambassador, in turn, pre-
sented the JDC with a plaque
"in recognition of your
humanitarian service in
Ethiopia in 1985." It was pre-
sented to JDC President Heinz
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the Relief and Rehabilitation
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