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PLO Vienna Office Under Consideration

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Chancellor Bruno Kreisky said today that Austria was studying the possibility of permitting the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to open an office in Vienna. In reply to a Parliamentary inquiry, Kreisky said the PLO already established offices in New York and Geneva, the other United Nations centers. “Therefore, we have to consider the possibility that the PLO also wants to open an office here,” Kreisky said.

Earlier this month, Kreisky said that there had been no contacts between the PLO and Austria so far, “but if they should ask us, we would carefully examine every aspect.” Kreisky told the Parliament he condemned all types of terrorism, but many groups which started on a terrorist basis, later became legally recognized organizations. “We can draw this lesson easily from history,” he said. The opposition (Conservative) People’s Party opposes a PLO office in Vienna as violation of the neutral status of this country.

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