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Dutch Labor Party Asks USSR to Help Resolve Issue of Pows in Syria

The Labor Party has asked the Soviet Union to use its influence with Syria to help resolve the Israeli prisoner of war issue. The number of Israeli POWs in Syria is believed to be a little over 100, but many reports indicate that many of them may have been tortured or killed by the Syrians.

Syria has refused to release a list of its POWs and to allow Red Cross inspection of POW camps. Labor Party Chairman Andre van der Low told the Soviet Ambassador he is asking the Soviet Union to intervene “because I appreciate the positive role your government is playing in bringing about Israeli-Egyptian negotiations, and am convinced you will understand our view that the cloud created by the Israeli POWs in Syria must not threaten the peace climate in Geneva.”