Nation: Talking to the P.L.O.

In September 1975, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger officially pledged that the U.S. would not recognize or negotiate with the Palestine Liberation Organization until it affirmed Israel's right to exist. While both Ford and Carter Administrations have professed to uphold that pledge, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance is reported to have privately called it "that damned agreement," and interpretations of its exact meaning can vary. Some encounters, direct and indirect between U.S. officials and the P.L.O.:

> U.S. diplomats in Beirut repeatedly met P.L.O. representatives during the Lebanese civil war in 1976, which was...

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