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Vance Meets with West Bank Notables

Secretary of State Cyrus Vance talked to six West Bank notables today during a garden party in his honor at the home of Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan. Vance later told newsmen he was happy to have had the opportunity to meet the West Bank representatives but refused to disclose what they said to him.

The West Bank notable were among the hundreds of guests who attended the party in the museum-like garden which Dayan has filled with archaeological findings. Vance was seen talking to Premier Menachem Begin and to Prof. Yigael Yadin, head of the Democratic Movement for Change.

Yadin later told newsmen that Begin had hoped to shift the Middle East peace talks into direct negotiations between Israel and the Arab states. But now with proximity talks scheduled for New York the United States would again be the mediator and the situation was the same as it had been under the previous government, Yadin said.

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