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EBAN BLASTS SYRIA
.srael demands POWs
Mideast Big Four'
discuss oil embargo
JERUSALEM (Renter) - Israel will seek the
release of its soldiers held prisoner in Syria as the
first item in any negotations with Damascus on a
separation of forces, Foreign Minister Abba Eban
said here yesterday.
But Eban also reassured the Knesset (Parlia-
ment) that Israel will not negotiate with the Syrians
until they first hand over a list of names of the
prisoners - which Israel believes number about 100
and allow the Red Cross to visit them.
HE SAID THERE were grounds to believe that
Egypt was helping in efforts to get Syrian agree-
ment on this point.
As Eban spoke, the agreement reached last month
on separating Egyptian and Israeli forces was mov-
ing, apparently smoothly, into its fourth stage.
This:involves a final withdrawal of Israeli forces
from the West Bank of the Suez Canal and a con-
tinuing thinning-out of Egyptian forces on the East
MAIN ISRAELI ATTENTION, however, re-
mained focused ,on the Golan ,Heights front with
Syri-, the scene of fierce artillery exchanges ear-
lier in the week but quiet since Tuesday when four
Sv~'a shells fell in the area.
Two cixilians have been killed and at least six
soldiers' wounded on the Israeli side in this week's
shelling, and there have been shooting incidents
on 12 of the last 17 days.
The contrast is sharp with the Suez front, where
the third stage of Israeli evacuation of the west
bank was completed Tuesday, leaving Israel holding
only slightly more than one-third of the 640 square
miles of territory it captured on the waterway's
West Bank in the war last October.
EBAN SAID ISRAEL was carrying on a "night
and day" struggle on the issue of getting a list of
prisoners from Syria.
He was speaking in a debate called for by the
center-right Likud Party. Its leader, Menachem
Begin, said the government should insist on the re-
lease of the prisoners as a prior condition to ne-
ALGIERS (Reuter) - Leaders
of the Arab "Big Four" assembl-
ed here yesterday to discuss
progress towards a Middle East
peace settlement and the use of
the oil weapon since the Israeli-
Egyptian disengagement agree-
The oil question was expected
to dominate the two-day Arab
summit meeting being held at
the white-domed people's palace
THE HURRIEDLY convened
summit coincided with an an-
nouncement by United Nations
Secretary General Kurt Wald-
heim that contacts were being
made with the Syrian government
for a disengagement on the Sy-
Disengagement of forces on
the Syrian front and the ques-
tion of Palestinian representation
at the next phase of the Geneva
peace negotiations are expected
to be the main items discussed.
Algeria made clear today that
the Arab oil embargo against
the United States would also be
one of the dominant issues at the
restricted summit conference.
ACCORDING TO well-informed
sources here, the Algerian gov-
ernment is resisting the idea of
easing the oil embargo at this
Following the Israeli-Egyptian
military disengagement, which
has been progressing without a
hitch, Sadat is reported to have
called on Arab oil-producing coun-
tries to lessen the embargo
against the United States.
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