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U.S. Has ‘no Comment’

The State Department had ” no comment ” today on the resignations of 18 mayors of West Bank and Gaza Strip towns in protest against the impending deportation of Mayor Bassam Shako of Nablus.

The Department’s chief spokesman, Hodding Carter, said ” A causal step has been taken which led to the resignations and until the precipitating matter has been resolved, until the legal and political situation has played itself out, ” he would have ” no comment.” Carter also refused to comment on reports that the State Department has told Israel privately that it opposed its action in the Shaka case.

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