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Western European Leaders Delighted

West European leaders expressed gratification Thursday over the American decision to open a “substantive dialogue” with the Palestine Liberation Organization.

French President Francois Mitterrand, speaking at the opening of the Franco-African Conference in Casablanca, Morocco, called the U.S. decision “real progress.”

“Delighted” declared Belgian Foreign Minister Leo Tindemans.

Dutch Foreign Minister Hans van den Broek called PLO chairman Yasir Arafat’s remarks in Geneva and the swift American response a “gratifying development.”

(JTA correspondents Edwin Eytan in Paris and Henrietta Boas in Amsterdam contributed to this report.)

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