Eec Ministers Postpone Acting on PLO

At the insistence of Dutch Foreign Minister Christoph van der Klaauw and West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, the Foreign Ministers of the European Economic Community (EEC) meeting in Dublin refrained from extending political recognition to the Palestine Liberation Organization as a rightful partner in the Middle East peace talks.

A statement by the ministers regarding the PLO proposed by France and Italy, has been shelved for the time being. But it is expected that the EEC ministers will again consider this proposal when they meet in New York City on the eve of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly Sept. 18.

Van der Klaauw and Genscher stressed that now is not the time to politically boost the PLO by recognizing this organization as a partner in the peace negotiations. He told reporters that developments in the Mideast during the next two weeks will determine whether a statement on the PLO will be issued by the ministers.

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