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Court OKs Closing of PLO Office

December 02, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A federal judge today refused to block the State Department's order closing the Palestine Information Office on the ground it is a diplomatic mission for the Palestine Liberation Organization.

U.S. District Judge Charles R. Richey said Secretary of State George P. Shultz "acted lawfully in determining that the PIO is a 'foreign mission' of the PLO." The State Department had ordered the office closed by Dec. 1 but postponed the deadline until midnight Thursday.

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