Tuesday, July 24, 1990

Visiting EC ministers meet with P.M. Shamir, say they would like to see progress in peace process; Shamir sharply rejects EC call to include PLO in peace talks, vows to resist any economic pressure [IDF 7/24 in FBIS 7/24; WP 7/25]; EC delegation flies to Tunis, meets with Arab ministerial committee [TDS 7/24 in FBIS 7/25; MAP 7/25 in FBIS 7/26; MEM 7/25].

Reversing earlier decision, Israeli planning board approves construction of $300-million Voice of America radiorelay station in the Negev; opponents will take case to Israel's high court [JDS 7/24 in FBIS 7/26; NYT, WP 7/25; LAT 7/26].

European-Palestinian chamber of commerce is recently organized to accelerate granting bills of lading for goods exported from O.T. to Europe. Palestinian members include Elias Frayj, Hanna Sinoria, and businessmen Mahir al-Masri and Suhayl Jid'an [HAM 7/24 in FBIS 7/24].