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Glenn Says the PLO Should Join in the Mideast Peace Talks

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Sen. John Glenn (D. Ohio),who announced last week that he will seek his party’s nomination for the Presidency in 1984, believes the Palestine Liberation Organization should join in the Middle East peace negotiations, according to an interview with the former astronaut published in the Swiss weekly, Construire.

“No permanent solution to the conflict will be possible without the participation of the PLO,” Glen was quoted as saying. He said that while the U.S. should be responsible for Israel’s security, it should not support the creation of new settlements by Israel in the occupied territories, Construire reported.

Glenn was quoted further as saying that the U.S. unconditional support of Israel during the war in Lebanon strained relations with America’s allies in Europe and with the moderate Arab states, including Egypt. U.S. policy should push for a solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict on the basis of United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, Glenn said.

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