WASHINGTON (Nov. 19)
A four-day meeting of Arab foreign and defense ministers In Kuwait ended yesterday apparently without resolving the differences among them over plans for a confrontation with Israel. The meeting was attended by the ministers of 12 Arab League member states and representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
The continuing dispute between Jordan and the Palestinians appeared to be the major cause of the stalemate. Mahmoud Riad, Secretary General of the Arab League and a former Foreign Minister of Egypt, said after the gathering that “the dispute between Jordan and the Palestinians is continuing even more fiercely than before. Our mediation efforts to resolve this dispute have failed.”
A move for a new summit meeting of Arab heads of state, backed by Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Kuwait apparently got nowhere. Riad made no reference to it at a press conference. But he said the Arab chiefs of staff would continue their talks In Cairo on military aspects of the Middle East situation to be followed by a meeting of the Arab Defense Council In Jan.
An Army spokesman announced today In Jerusalem that a network of terrorists belonging to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was discovered in Oct. by security forces in the Gaza Strip. Twenty terrorists were arrested In the Muazi, Dir el Ballah, Nuseirat and Khan Yunis refugee camps. The suspects were found to be in possession of arms and sabotage equipment and a large quantity of PFLP leaflets. Security forces attributed terrorist acts to this network near Kefar Darom and at the Nuseirat refugee camp.
Officials in London reported that a letter bomb was discovered Friday at West minister Palace, the home of the British Parliament, addressed to Maurice Edelman, a Jewish Member of Parliament. The letter bomb, posted in India, was rendered harmless by security forces. Special security measures had been put into effect after a letter bomb had been detected on a previous occasion. Edelman is the former president of the Anglo-Jewish Association and presently chairman of the Association’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
Two Israeli Army vehicles were damaged Friday by mines in the Golan Heights. There were no casualties. There was a brief exchange of fire across the Israeli-Syrian line.