U.S. Promised Palestinians No Veto of Delegates to Peace Conference

The United States has promised the Palestinians that the delegation they choose to attend a peace conference with Israel will be of their own selection and not subject to an Israeli veto, Israel Radio reported Tuesday.

That was one of the guarantees contained in a letter U.S. Secretary of State James Baker reportedly gave Palestinian representative Faisal Husseini when they met in Jerusalem last week.

The United States also stipulated that the Palestinian delegation would be part of an overall Jordanian delegation.

Representatives of East Jerusalem and the Palestinian diaspora would participate in the negotiations, but only in their final stage, the letter said.

Husseini is believed to have conveyed the letter to the Palestine Liberation Organization for consideration at the meeting of the Palestine National Council, which opened Monday in Algiers.

The PNC is expected to decide this week whether Palestinians will attend the regional peace conference, which the United States and Soviet Union hope to convene next month.

Israel Radio said it obtained a copy of the document Monday.

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