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Friday, February 28, 1986

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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The Reagan Administration would not accept the concept of
has once again found it neces- Palestinian "self-
sary to clarify its position on the determination" even in ex-
PLO, insisting that there has change for the PLO's recogni-
been no softening of its long- tion of Resolutions 242 and 338,
as proposed by some Palestinian
standing policy.
"Obviously," Deputy White spokesmen.
"On the question of self-
House spokesman Edward
Djerejian said, "to enter into a determination," Djerejian said,
(U.S.) dialogue with the PLO, "our position has been and re-
the PLO would have to recog- mains that we have problems
nize (UN Security Council Reso- with the .concept of self-deter-
lutions) 242 and 338 and recog-
nize the state of. Israel. That is
the position of the United The U.S. has often
States. That remains un-
been discouraged" by
changed."
Earlier this month, Djerejian the PLO.
had told reporters at a Foreign
Press Center briefing here that
the U.S. would enter into high-
level and direct talks with the mination — the definition of
PLO "the day after" it accepted self-determination in the Palesti-
Resolutions 242 and 338. That nian context — because it is
led to speculation about a possi- equated with the establishment
ble weakening of the U.S. conch- of an independent Palestinian
tions necessary for recognition state.
"We feel that the peace pro-
of the PLO since he had not also
referred specifically to the mat- cess, the negotiating process, is
the focal point of determining
ter of Israel's right to exist.
• But in a subsequent briefing the legitimate rights of the
before the same group on Feb. Palestinians. Those legitimate
13, Djerejian sought to clear up rights...will largely be determin-
the matter. "I forgot to mention ed specifically as the negotiating
that the recognition of the state process continues."
He went on to endorse direct
of Israel is (also) one of the re-
quirements which is part and Arab-Israeli negotiations as
representing the best approach.
parcel."
Djerejian conceded that "We don't see any other avenue
"some of our Israeli friends got than direct Arab-Israeli negotia-
upset at that, but the fact of the tions," he said. "And that is
matter is, I was responding to a what we are trying to achieve in
specific question, and our posi- one context or another."
tion is unchanged on that."
The U.S., he added, has been
In response to a follow-up encouraged by the approach
question, he said that the PLO taken by both King Hussein and
would have to recognize formal- Prime Minister Shimon Peres --
ly Israel's right to exist even "as conveyed to us" during
though that is implied in Resolu- Assistant Secretary Richard
tion 242. He explained that the Murphy's recent talks in
resolution, adopted in 1967, "is Europe. But Djerejian conceded
'not very explicit in its language that "the actual situation on the
on that point."
ground isn't moving forward.
The White House spokesman And it should."
insisted that the ball was cur-
Other U.S. officials confirmed
rently in the PLO's court. "As that the Soviet Union discour-
to how far the (American) dia- aged Arafat from accepting
logue can go, quite frankly that Hussein's proposals.
depends on the political good
On another point, Djerejian
will of the PLO," he said. "Is the acknowledged Administration
PLO interested in a productive, concern over proposals in the
constructive dialogue with the Senate to try to cancel this sum-
U.S.? That has to be proven. mer's scheduled delivery of the
. And only the PLO can answer first U.S. AWACS surveillance
that."
aircraft to Saudi Arabia. Dem-
Djerejian said the U.S. has ' ocratic Senator Alan Cranston
"often been discouraged by the of California and others have
position of the PLO in terms of complained that the Saudis
the, peace process, and not tak- have not lived up to their poli-
ing those bold steps.that need to tical pledges, such as a promise
be taken to move the peace pro- to help promote the peace pro-
cess forward. That is why we cess. As part of last year's
encouraged King Hussein and foreign aid legislation, Congress
his Feb. 11 initiative, which is included language — later sign-
now over a year old.
ed into law by President Reagan
. "The PLO has had ample time — that the President would first
to demonstrate its political good have to certify Saudi support for
will in moving the peace process the peaCe process before hand-
forward within the context of ing over the AWACS. That
the Hussein-Palestinian talks. • plane sale was approved by a
Time is a-wasting. It's up to 52-to-48 vote in 1981 following
them, quite frankly, to decide an acrimonious debate between
what they want to do."
the Administration .and ,Senate.
Over the past week, the U.S.%i
"We're working.very ;4190*
ints
tltitt,"
4iith Congress on the 'COM

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