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Peres Says Soviets Have Backed Down on Agreements with Israel

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres revealed that the Soviet Union has rejected informal contacts with Israel and has reneged on promises with respect to Soviet Jewish emigration.

“The aliya issue is slipping out of our hands,” Peres told the convention of the Independent Liberal Party this week. He said “there is a sharp backtracking of the Soviets in the Soviet-Israeli dialogue,” adding that “additional, tireless efforts must be made to bring about an increase in aliya from the USSR.”

It was reported meanwhile that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher urged President Reagan at the allied summit meeting in Venice last week to increase U.S. efforts to promote peace in the Middle East.