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Friday, August S, 19 7

Vance, Syria's Assad meet

DAMASCUS, Syria (A')-Presi-
dent Hafez Assad of Syria was
quoted yesterday as telling Sec-
retary of State Cyrus Vance
that Israeli behavior on the
West Bank of the Jordan River
is not compatible with a seri-
ous interest in peace.
Assad told Vance, however,
that he will cooperate in re-
moving "all obstacles to
peace" in the Middle East, said
a Syrian spokesman who gave
an account of the meeting.
ISRAEL RECENTLY legaliz-
ed three settlements on the
bank, which it captured in 1967.
The issue also touched off an
Israeli-American exchange last
week.
President Carter called Isra-
el's legitimization of the settle-
ments an obstacle to peace,
but said he did not discuss the
legitimization with Israeli
Prime Minister Menahem Be-
gin during Begin's recent Wash-
mgton visit.
Israeli Foreign Minister
Moshe Dyan defended the le-
gitimization as "constructive
for peace."'
VANCE TOLD reporters yes-

terday that he had a good meet-
ing and discussed,'among other
topics, an Egyptian proposal for
setting up a "working group"
of Arab and Israeli foreign min-
isters next month. "Relations
are fine," Vance said. How-
ever, he added: "We still have
differences on a number of
items."
He declined to provide any
estimate of how his session
with Assad had affected his ef-
fort to set up peace talks.
'We've put forward ideas. They
have put forward ideas. It's a
process of Wdeveloping ideas,"
he said.
Assad insisted that there
must be total Israeli withdraw-
al from all land won in the 1967
Six-Day war. And he said
"Palestinian rights" must be
observed in any settlement.
SYRIA IS the third country
on Vance's six-nation, 12-day
itinerary. Here, qualified ob-
servers said, he faces his tough-
est challenge in trying to ar-
range the ministerial meeting
for New York or Washington
and then a reconvening of the
Geneva peace conference be-
fore the end of the year.
Bread demand high
WASHINGTON (AP} - A
comprehensive analysis of the
170 high-volume supermarket
grocery items shlCws wrapped
bread as the most-used edible
item.
The study, conducted by Pro-
gressive Grocer, an industry
trade publication, based its
rankings on 30,000 interviews
with adults, Covering 900 prod-
uct categories. Statistics show
that 96.7 per cent of the re-
spondents use bread. Other
items in high demand include
table salt, flour, mayonnaise
and mayonnaise-type dressing,
catsup, margarine and granula-
ted sugar.

Syria, of all the so-called
"confrontation states," is the
most dedicated advocate of the
Palestinians. Newsmen were
advised Assad will fight hard to
gain a role for the Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO)
at Geneva - as a separate
delegation or in one all-Arab
delegation.
Israel refuses to negotiate
with the PLO or any of its
leaders or members. The PLO
is committed by covenant to
the destruction of the Jewish
state, has authorized guerrilla
raids into Israel and has not
recognized U. N. resolutions
calling for a peaceful settle-
ment in the Middle East.
THE SEMIOFFICIAL Al-Tha-
oura newspaper said: "We are
fully prepared to be responsive
to every effort aimed at peace.
But at the same time we shall
in no way give up an inch of
territory or Palestinian rights."
The newspaper said Israel
was trying to "consecrate its
occupation and ignore the
rights of Palestinians."
Tishrin, a government organ,
said Vance will sense here

"Syria's unending commitment
toward national responsibility
in regards to the liberation of
Arab territories and especially
the Palestinian cause."
AT THE SAME time, Vance's
advisers are convinced that As-
sad and his military leaders
recognize that they cannot win
back the Golan Heights by
force.
Assad is said to be ready to
sign a peace treaty with Israel
-- but has no intention of en-
gaging in economic or political
exchanges with the Jewish
state.

Syria's state-controlled press,
which gave Vance an enthusias-
tic welcome on his first Da-
mascus visit in February, has
been skeptical of the proposal
for the preparatory conference
put forth by Vance and Egyp-
tian President Anwar Sadat.
"The issues have become
very clear and there is no need
for all these complications and
discussions over marginal is-
sues," Al-Thaoura said.
Informed diplomats say As-
sad was annoyed because Sadat
did not consult with him before
the plan was announced.

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Vance

2 dead in aborted PLO
border raid, srael says
TEL AVIV, Israel (1') - Israei said its troops smashed an
Arab infiltration attempt on the J'srdan border yesterday, killing
two guerrillas, wounding one and capturing two.
Foreign Ministry officials said the Palestine Liberation Organ-
ization (PLO) launched the raid to disrupt Secretary of State
Cyrus Vance's Mideast peace mission, which is taking him. to
Cairo, Damascus, Amman, Beirut and Jerusalem.
VANCE WAS in Damascus on Thursday seeking Syrian ap-
proval of a plan to renew Mideast peace negotiations. Palestinian
participation in such negotiations is a major issue of the mission.
The Israeli command said there were no Israeli casualties in
the brief firefight three miles south of the Sea of Galilee.
Military authorIties withheld information gathered from the
interrogation of the surviving Arabs. It was not known what sort
of mission they planned or what guerrilla faction they repre-
sented.
THE FIVElE rassed.a tangle of swamps and rivulets at the
juncture of the Jordan and Yarmuk rivers and near the kibbutz
of Ashdot Yaacov, the military said. The guerrillas were spotted
after the Israelis discovered a breach in the barbed wire border
security fence.
Their escape routes cut off by the marshy surroundings, the
guerrillas hid in an olive grove less than a mile from the Jor-
danian border. Farmers broke out weapons and began patrolling.
Then the firefight began.
"It went very fast," said an Israel radio reporter. "The
infiltrators barely managed to get off a burst of fire. The shoot-
ing could be heard all over the place.
IT WAS UNUSUAL for raiders to enter Israel from Jordan,
which has been guerrilla-free since 1971, when King Hussein ex-
pelled the PLO from his territory. The last incident involving Jor-
dan happened a year- ago, when the Israelis said they killed two
guerrillas trying to reach the Jewish state' by sailing across the
Ded Sea 60 mailes south of Ashdot Yaacov.
Observers said the guerrillas could have set out from Syri.
That country, Jordan and Israel meet on the Yarmuk River about
six miles northeast of Ashdot Yaacov.
The guerrillas carried the PLO's stock weapon - the Soviet-
made Kalachnikov submachine gun - along with 10 grenades,
torches, a hatchet, food and first-aid equipment, the military said.

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