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The Michigan Daily
Vol. XC, No. 27-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, June 14, 1980 Ten Cents Sixteen Pages

want PLO
in Mideast
peace talks

SECRETARY OF STATE Edmund Muskie yesterday offered the Palestine
Liberation Organization a negotiating role if it renounces its commitment to
destroy Israel. "The ball is in the PLO's court," Muskie said at a State Depart-
ment news conference.
Hgher education
bkis Tisch Il ame
By MITCH STUART amendment. The
The presidents of Michigan's public and private colleges legislature and fro
called the president
and universities yesterday sent letters to Governor William Tisch said the r
Milliken and all members of the state legislature denouncing ford to pay high pro
the Tisch ballot proposal as "devastating" for higher government spend
education in the state and endorsing the joint Milliken- strated educationa
Legislative Coalition alternate proposal. "OUR EDUCA
The constitutional amendment proposed by Shiawassee University Pre
County Drain Commissioner Robert Tisch, if adopted, Tisch proposal, be
"would be devastating for all of Michigan's colleges and mines the viability
Tax cut crusader Robert Tisch said yesterday he is closing SHAPIRO SAID
in on the number of signatures needed to put his latest Tisch amendment
proposal on the fall ballot. See story, Page 8. ded, "but we're go
- we do anything mu
universities. Higher education in our state, as we know it eTisch criticized
today, could not survive," the presidents wrote. The letter out on the subjec
was the result of a resolution by the Presidents Council of presidents. Most o
State Colleges and Universities and the Association of In- sation cut in half,"
dependent Colleges and Universities of Michigan to informs "They have no
policy-makers and citizens of the implications of the Tisch tive," the drain con
amendment. BUT SHAPIRO
TISCH DISCOUNTED THE presidents' claims in a educationally, not
telephone interview from his Owosso office yesterday, normal political-ty
saying, "There's nothing devastating coming from the Tisch

From AP andUPI
VENICE, Italy - The Common
Market countries yesterday launched a
new Middle East initiative that would
bring the once-ostracized Palestine
Liberation Organization into peace
talks up to now dominated by the
United States, Israel, and Egypt.
In a declaration issued at the end of a
two-day summit conference here,
heads of government of the nine nations
said involvement in negotiations must
be extended to the Palestinian people,
"and to the PLO, which will have to be
associated with the negotiations."
BUT IN Washington, Secretary of
State Edmund Muskie said the PLO
cannot take part in current Egyptian-
Israeli talks, but may be invited into the
peace proces some time in the future.
only devastation will come from the
m the people who wrote that letter." He
ts' statements "lies."
eal devastation is to people who can't af-
operty taxes and to the victims of wasteful
ing. He said the presidents' letter demon-
l leadership is "afraid to take a chance.
TORS TEND to be lazy," Tisch added.
sident Harold Shapiro said yesterday the
sides harming higher education, "under-
of state government."
D HE will continue to speak against the
in public. "We're worried about it," he ad-
ing to wait until it gets on the ballot before
ch more."
the higher education leaders for speaking
ct. "I don't give a darn about university
of those fellows could have their compen-
he said.
business going out and being politically ac-
mmissioner added.
STRESSED the presidents were speaking
politically. "We don't intend to mount the
'pe campaign ... we'll work on the infor-

"The ball is in the PLO's court," he
told a news conference.
Muskie said the United States never
will back PLO participation in peace
negotiations until the organization
renounces "its commitment to the ex-
tinction of Israel."
HE MADE A distinction between
short-term talks, meaning the Egyp-
tiarr-Israeli negotiations, and the long-
term, meaning the eventual progress
toward a comprehensive Middle East
For now, he said, "How do you expect
Israel to negotiate and reach an
agreement with an organization that
calls for its destruction? Until the PLO
backs off from that long-repeated
stand, then it's not in our judgment
eligible to take part in the specific
In the long run, he said, "The PLO,
having abandoned some of its policies,
ought to be represented.
"WE ARE NOT trying to keep the-
PLO out. We are just trying to make it
clear to the PLO that it must change its
position on Israel's right to exist."
Farouk Kadoumi, head of the PLO's
political department in Beirut,
Lebanon, said the Common Market ac-
tion was "positive but lacking several
basic subjects." The declaration
"deserves more consideration," he
said, and the PLO leadership will meet
today in Beirut to review the matter.
Israel, which has said any mention of
the PLO would legitimize the
organization, made no immediate
comment on the European initiative or
Muskie's words.
BUT IN CAIRO, Egyptian Foreign
Affairs Minister Butros Ghali said the
principles in the European declaration
are "compatible" with those of the
U.S.-mediated Camp David accords.
"The European declaration calls for
a comprehensive settlement, and so
does Camp David; it calls for
Palestinian participation in the
negotiations, and so does Camp David;
and it considers East Jerusalem an in-
tegral part of the West Bank and so
See MUSKIE, Page 2

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