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U.S. Repudiates Havana Declaration Equating Zionism with Racism

The Carter Administration today “repudiated entirely” the declaration in Havana of the non-aligned nations that equated Zionism with racism. State Department spokesman Hodding Carter voiced the repudiation in response to a reporter’s question that his comment yesterday on the declaration did not explicitly cover that element. His original comment was that the U.S. “profoundly disagrees” with elements in the declaration and he singled out the attack on Egypt while saying that the U.S. record indicates how it stands on other parts.

Carter also was asked whether the statements Sunday on national TV by Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat, plus the declaration’s call for “the inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people and the liberation of all the occupied Arab territories” do not reasse### the PLO to dismantle the State of Israel. Carter replied that the U.S. position towards the PLO has not changed.