Israel was ready to talk

The article "Israel Shuns Palestinian Delegation to Moscow Talks," Jan. 28, misrepresents the reality and the terms that were agreed upon by all parties before the multilateral talks began. Palestinian spokespersons have sought to raise issues that had already been resolved on several occasions in agreements with both the United States and Russian sponsors.

It is clear that Israel is ready to meet with the designated Palestinian representatives whose agenda is reflective of all issues of concern to their constituency.

Apparently, the problem is the PLO's unwillingness to yield center stage. A headline more accurately reflecting this story would be: "Palestinian Delegation Reneges on Agreement, Tries to Change Terms of Representation." William E. Rapfoge, New York

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