Cabinet Gratified with Morocco Talks
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Cabinet Gratified with Morocco Talks

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The Cabinet expressed its “gratification” Sunday over Premier Shimon Peres’ visit to Morocco last week for two days of talks with King Hassan, according to an official communique issued here.

The Cabinet statement said Peres had reported at length on the talks, stressing that he believed Hassan genuinely sought peace and that peace benefitted from his mission to Efrane, the site of Hassan’s summer palace some 160 miles from the Moroccan capital of Rabat.

Peres expressed hope that the dialogue with Hassan would have a “favorable impact” on Israel’s relations with Egypt and on Israel’s ability to engage in discussion with the Arab world.


Informed sources here have disclosed, meanwhile, that Peres, in a working paper he presented to Hassan for distribution to other Arab leaders, undertook to meet with “authentic representatives of the Palestinian people” in the near future in order to explore with them possible avenues of progress. The Camp David accords spoke of elected representatives.

In the working paper, Peres said Israel would negotiate with such authentic representatives who eschewed violence. Healso pledged that Israel would not impose its sovereignty upon the occupied territories pending the conclusion of negotiations, and that sovereignty would be resolved in the course of such negotiations.

Other points said to be outlined in the working paper include a call for a “year of peace negotiations,” the renunciation of violence by parties to the talks, and a general development plan for the region. It also called for an international framework for direct Arab-Israeli talks.

Earlier, Vice Premier and Likud leader Yitzhak Shamir said publicly that Peres had stayed within the policy guidelines of the unity government during his talks with Hassan. Shamir made the comment after a briefing on the talks from Peres last Friday.

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