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THE MICHIC AN DAILY

i ursatoy, August 11, 19177

srae hasn't budged: Vance

.JERUSALEM (J' - Secretary
of State Cyrus Vance said yes-
terday that Israel has given no
ground on the Palestinians or
other key issues in the Middle
East dispute.
But Vance said he will keep
driving for a peace settlement
by shuttling befween Arab and
Israeli foreign ministers attend-
ing the U. N. General. Assem-
bly meeting next month in
New York.
TIlE SECRETARY told a
news conference that "in the
discussions here in Israel, we
did not narrow the gap any
further."
However, he said, at the U.N.
session he expects "to go be-
tween the parties" to try to
woi k out a reconciliation that
will set the stage for a Gene-
va peace conference by the end
of the year.
In what would represent a
major shift in U. S. policy,
Vance told reporters after his
final meeting with Israeli offic-

ials that he might also talk to
Palestine Liberation Organiz-
ation (PLO) representatives, if
the PLO approved. U. N. Secur-
ity Council resolutions implicit-
ly recognizing Israel's exist-
ence.
BUT HE SAID the Israelis
"made it very clear" that they
wouid not accept a Palestinian
homeland, or negotiate with the
PLO.
Prime Minister Menahem Be-
gin reiterated at a separate
session with reporters that "un-
der no circumstances will we
agree to any negotiations with
the so-called PLO." Israel re-
gards Yasir Arafat's organiza-
tion as a terror band committed
to the destruction of the Jewish
state.
Begin said there had been no
"confrontation" in his talks
with Vance, and he claimed
that the secretary had achieved
an unspecified "great achieve-
ment" on his trip. But the Is-
raeli leader voiced reservations

about the possibility of recon-
vening the Geneva peace con-
ference in October as he had
previously predicted.
A SENIOR Begin adviser,
Shmuel Katz, said that if the
Americans held meetings with
the PLO, Israel would consider
at "a regrettable event." Buto
he added, "We can't stop
them."
Katz said that, Israel would
not consider this to be a form
of indirect - negotiations be-
tween itself and the PLO.
Vance credited the Arab coun-
tries, which he visited before
coming to Israel, with "more
flexibility" than in the past on
the kind of peace terms a set-
tlement might entail. He gave
no specifics.
ISRAEL WANTS peace to
bring diplomatic and economic
exchanges. President Anwar Sa-
dat of Egypt has said he might
consider such steps five years
after a settlemept. Publicly

the other Arab leaders have of-
fered no terms.
On the questions of Palestin-
ian representation at a Geneva
conference and Israeli with-
drawal from occupied lands,
Vance said:

"Tn the discussions here in
Israel we did not narrow that
gap any further than at the
time I left Taif."
Taif was his last stop in Sau-
di Arabia, where he conferred
with King Khaled and other
Saudi officials.
"IF IT IS impossible to close
the gap," on this and other key
issues, Vance said, "then we
wili have to decide whether on
that basis it is appropriate then
to proceed to Geneva."
That decision, he said, was
up to the Arabs and Israel.
Vance will report Israel's
views today to King Hussein of
Jordan, President Hafez Assad
of Syria and to Sadat on whirl-
wind stops in Amman, Damas-
cus and Alexandria.
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Vome LXXXvII, No. 63-s
Thursday, August 11, 1977
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