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Vance / Israel / Peace Talks #250442

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 16, 1977
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(Studio) Israelis have told visiting Secretary of State Cyrus Vance they'll participate in peace conf., but only if PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) excluded.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Jerusalem ) Cyrus Vance meets with Prime Min. Yitzhak Rabin; 1 of major subjects Vance to explore in Mid. East visit is possible moderation in Palestinian views and role of Palestinians in peace conference During talks, Vance sees Israel's view of Mid. East. [VANCE - says he understands Israeli position better.] Rabin is asked if Israel's stance with regard to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) in negotiations has changed. [RABIN - says no.] [VANCE - says United States position same also.] Ldrs. also discuss United States ban on Israeli sale of United States-equipped planes to Ecuador and possible Carter administration bar on Ford administration promise to sell Israel concussion bomb. Vance also visits with former Prime Min. Golda Meir and meets with defense minister Shimon Peres.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(Studio) PLO's main guerrilla group Al Fatah issued statement today repeating PLO intention to eliminate Israel. Israeli Idrs. say they'll meet with authentic leaders of Palestinians but not PLO.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Bernard

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