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Hussein, Arafat Meet Again

January 28, 1986

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ King Hussein, struggling to keep his Middle East peace effort alive, held a third round of talks on Tuesday with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat on ways to win American acceptance of a PLO role in peace talks.

Palestine Liberation Organization sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Arafat would agree to accept a U.S. condition, as Hussein asks, only if the United States recognized a Palestinian right to self- determination.

Neither the PLO nor Jordan had any immediate comment following the meeting at the royal palace. There was no indication if further meetings would be held before Arafat leaves.

The daily Jordan Times on Tuesday quoted unnamed Jordanian officials as saying no decisive results emerged from Arafat’s meetings Sunday and Monday with Hussein and Prime Minister Zaid Rifai.

Hussein wants Arafat to endorse U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, which calls for peace with Israel and Israeli withdrawal from lands occupied in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

The United States is trying to help bring about negotiations between Israel and its Arab foes. It says it will not deal with the PLO until the organization accepts 242 and recognizes Israel’s right to exist.

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