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Reports Mrs. Meir, Rogers Discussed Measures to Free 2 Israelis Held in Syria

October 2, 1969
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Official quarters reported here today that measures to obtain the release of two Israeli nationals held by Syria since their TWA airliner was hijacked to Damascus Aug. 29 were discussed by Premier Golda Meir and U.S. Secretary of State William P. Rogers.

According to the report, Mr. Rogers assured her that energetic action will be taken to ensure the release of the detainees at an early date. Mr. Rogers also reportedly told Mrs. Meir that there has been no change in the basic Soviet position on the Middle East.

Jerusalem newspapers reported that Israeli officials are thinking of setting a deadline for conclusion of diplomatic efforts to free the pair. There are “other means at Israel’s disposal” that might be used to liberate them if they are not freed by a certain date, the papers said. The Foreign Ministry denied that any deadline was under study.

(At the United Nations today, Dutch Foreign Minister J.M.A.H. Luns told the General Assembly his Government would ask that an urgent item dealing with hijacking be put on the agenda. He said the UN should recommend measures for the safety of air traffic and the lives of passengers. Mr. Luns said steps should also he taken to prevent hijackers from going free.)

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