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Eban Reaffirms Israel’s Objection to Plans for PLO to Open Office in Geneva

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Foreign Minister Abba Eban reiterated today Israel’s objections to reported plans of the Swiss government to permit opening of a Palestine Liberation Organization office in Geneva. The report of the initial protest, made in Geneva, indicated, apparently erroneously, that the office was to be opened by El Fatah, largest of the Arab terrorist groups. The PLO is an umbrella organization of the guerrilla groups. Eban’s protest was made to the Swiss envoy here, H.J. Hess. Eban was reported to have reminded the envoy that by their own admission, the PLO and its subsidiary groups had been responsible for the hijackings of civilian aircraft last year, for acts of terrorism and murder in neutral countries and for various other serious violations of international law. The envoy was reported to have told Eban that the Swiss government had not yet taken a final decision on the PLO request. The matter will be pursued further by Arye Levavi, Israel’s ambassador to Switzerland, who filed the initial protest last week.

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