U.S. Rules out Meeting with PLO

An official meeting between the United States and the Palestine Liberation Organization delegates at the United Nations General Assembly session in New York “is not logical,” the State Department said today. Department spokesman John King made the comment while declaring that the Department had “no substantive comment” on the Syrian-Egyptian-PLO accord reached Saturday in Cairo and Jordan’s objections to it.

Under questioning from reporters, King pointed out the PLO does not represent a government. The Palestine issue is on the UN General Assembly agenda, he added, but no resolution or proposal exists for the U.S. “to do anything.” King noted that the PLO has an information office in New York but it has no official connection with the UN.

He said the U.S. did not oppose the placement of the Palestinian question on the agenda but neither did it vote for it because it was not put in that “format.” King declined to discuss Jordan’s statement that it would boycott Arab discussions on the Middle East pending decisions at an Arab summit conference in Morocco on Oct. 26.

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