Eec Bows to Arab Pressure

The nine-member European Economic Community (EEC) has signed a joint statement during its meeting here for a “Euro-Arab Dialogue” with 21 Arab nations condemning Israel’s occupation of areas won during the Six-Day War and supporting a Palestinian homeland. The statement was seen here by diplomats as a victory for the Arabs because the EEC nations said at the beginning of the two-year dialogue that it wanted the talks confined to economic and trade matters.

The EEC, under Arab pressure, accepted Arab demands that the dialogue be given political scope as well, diplomats noted. But the EEC stopped short of accepting Arab demands for an economic and arms boycott against Israel and recognition of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

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