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Official Encouraged by Shamir Plan

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s proposal for Palestinian elections on the West Bank is “encouraging” and should “not be rejected out of hand,” Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger said Thursday.

“It is important that all of those who are committed to peace — Arabs, Israelis, Americans — not reject out of hand the idea that Mr. Shamir has brought and that we work constructively together to give it a fair hearing,” he told a major leadership meeting of the United Jewish Appeal.

The proposal “went beyond Camp David, that is, elections before an agreement on transitional arrangements, not after. That is a major step forward,” he said.