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Dutch Foreign Minister Confers with Palestinians on Peace Talks

May 27, 1992
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Foreign Minister Hans van den Broek, one of the three foreign ministers of the European Community currently assigned to deal with Middle East issues, received a two-member Palestinian delegation at The Hague on Monday.

It was the first time a foreign minister of Holland met officially with Palestinians.

His visitors were Hanan Ashrawi, spokeswoman of the Palestinian delegation engaged in bilateral talks with Israel, and Nabil Sha’ath, political adviser to Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat at PLO headquarters in Tunis.

Ashrawi, though not a member of the official Palestinian delegation, nevertheless represents it before the world news media.

They reportedly discussed with van den Broek ways that Holland might contribute to the Middle East peace process and whether the PLO’s status in the Netherlands could be upgraded.

At present, the PLO is allowed to have an information office in The Hague but no representative with diplomatic status.

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