JERUSALEM (May. 16)
West Bank Arab leaders held a closed meeting in Nablus today to try to map a common stand on the future of the occupied region. But their opinions were so divergent that no concrete proposals were expected to emerge from the meeting, according to observers here. The meeting was called following the return from Amman this week of Mayor Hamdi Canaan, of Nablus.
About all the principals can agree on is that Israel should withdraw from the West Bank and most have expressed that opinion before. But differing views were reported on what should happen after an Israeli withdrawal. Some of the Arab leaders favor an autonomous Palestinian state in the area. Others want re-unification with Jordan and still others favor a passive policy while Israel and the Arab states resolve their conflict, one way or another.