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Final Documents of Israel-eec Accord Will Be Signed Friday

May 29, 1975
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Representatives of the nine member countries of the European Economic Community and a delegate from Israel will sign the final documents of the Israel-EEC economic accord here May 30. The documents will state that the ratifying process has been conducted and completed by all parties involved.

The accord will allow 60 percent reductions on industrial goods exported by Israel to EEC countries and from 60 to 80 percent reductions on agricultural products covered by the agreement, beginning on July 1, 1975, Duties on goods going from Israel to the EEC will be completely abolished by July 1977. In the other direction, duties will be progressively lowered to reach total abolition in 1989.

Meanwhile, the newspaper Le Monde reported in Paris today that the Israel-EEC accord, signed in Brussels on May 11, will not include products originating in the occupied territories.

The newspaper said the President of the EEC Executive Council, Foreign Minister Garret Fitzgerald of Ireland, reporting on his recent trip to the Middle East, told the Council that Arab countries would object to the Israel-EEC accord if it included such products. Fitzgerald also told the Council he had reiterated for his Arab hosts the EEC view that Israel should evacuate the occupied territories.

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