Israel May Not Go to Geneva if Syria Withholds Israeli Pow List

Defense Minister Moshe Dayan said today that Israel may not go to the Geneva peace conference next week if Syria has not by then submitted a list of Israeli prisoners of war in its hands Dayan, who made the remark to a reporter while visiting wounded soldiers at Hadassah Hospital, said that was his interpretation of the government’s decision not to sit at a peace table with Syria until it complies with the Geneva Convention requirements on POWs.

The government said yesterday that Damascus would have to submit a POW list and permit Red Cross representatives to visit the POWs. Dayan said, however, that he thought there was a good chance that the Geneva conference would open Dec. 18 as scheduled. He said the present ceasefire is not institutionalized or stable and warned the public to be prepared should it collapse. Dayan said he did not see any possibility at this point of the Israeli-Egyptian cease-fire talks resuming at the Kilometer 101 checkpoint.

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