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Western diplomats have marked as a “complete failure” the European Regional Preparatory meeting for the United Nations sponsored conference on Palestine to be held here at the end of August. Even UN officials agreed that the meeting, which just closed, did not hold good omens for the conference. Most major West European countries did not attend the preparatory meeting and none would provide a chairman, an office that eventually went to Malta. The conference adopted a number of resolutions upholding the rights of the Palestinians, “the need to stop Israeli occupation” and “the need to ensure Palestinian prisoners in Israel POW status.” The conference also endorsed the claim that the “PLO is the only representative of the Palestinians.”

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