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Eban Urges European Leaders to Be Skeptical of PLO Initiative

Knesset member Abba Eban met here Wednesday with Belgian leaders and in Madrid on Thursday with Spanish Premier Felipe Gonzalez.

He came here as part of a diplomatic mission to persuade European leaders not to endorse purported plans by the Palestine Liberation Organization to declare an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and to set up a government in exile.

Eban chairs the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. His meetings with European leaders came as members of the 12-nation European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, prepared to host PLO leader Yasir Arafat for a series of closed-door meetings next week.

Eban, representing Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, met Wednesday with Belgian Prime Minister Wilfried Martens and Foreign Minister Leo Tindemans.

Eban was to fly to Rome on Friday. He said he may visit France and Great Britain after the Rosh Hashanah holiday next week.

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