Ecuador to Bar PLO Office

The government of Ecuador has no intention of allowing the Palestine Liberation Organization to open an office in this country, an official of B’nai B’rith International was told here yesterday.

The assurance was given Daniel Thursz, executive vice president of B’nai B’rith International, at a meeting with Foreign Minister Louis Valenca Rodriguez. Thursz is on a seven-nation tour of Latin America.

The Ecuadorian diplomat said that while his government is concerned with the rights of the Palestinian people and opposes the acquisition of territory by conquest, it is also opposed to terrorism.

Thursz also met with Vice President-elect Blasco Penaherrera Padilla to discuss the problem of the huge international debts owed by South American countries. Later he met with the U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador, Sam Hart, the Israeli Ambassador, Eleazer Armon and addressed meetings of the Quito Jewish community and the local B’nai B’rith lodge.

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