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    The Israeli Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, flew back home to Tel Aviv on Tuesday?

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    The Israeli Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, flew back home to Tel Aviv on Tuesday (2nd October) night, after her talks in Vienna with the Austrian Chancellor, Dr. Bruno Kreisky, had apparently broken down. She had flown to Austria only four-and-a-half hour earlier in a attempt to persuade Dr. Kreisky to withdraw his decision to close the Austrian transit camp which Soviet Jews leaving Russia for Israel.

    Dr. Kreisky told a news conference as Mrs. Meir was leaving, that there had been no agreement. The Chancellor had agreed to close the camp on Saturday (29 October), in exchange for the release of three Jawish and one Austrian hostage held by Arab guerrillas.

    He said that both sides were now aware of each other's positions, but admitted that Mrs. Meir had not been "very impressed" by his suggestion that the camp be placed under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees. He had sent a cable to the Austrian Foreign Minister, who is attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, asking him to discuss the proposal with U.N. officials.

    Dr. Kreisky said that the Austrian Government considered that the U.N. would be the right body to take over responsibility for the camp, because it was already caring for a great number of Palestinian refugees.

    He said his talks with Mrs. Meir had taken place in a "very serious atmosphere", and the Israeli Prime Minister had left because the talks had ended. Mrs. Meir cancelled plans for a news conference of her own, and slipped quietly out of Vienna.

    SYNOPSIS: The Austrian Chancellor, Dr. Bruno Kreisky, took the chair at a meeting of the Austrian Cabinet on Tuesday, shortly before he was due to meet the Israeli Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, Mrs. Meir flew to Vienna in an attempt to persuade the Austrian Government to withdraw its decision to close the Schoenau transit camp, which is used by thousands of Soviet Jews leaving Russia to emigrate to Israel.

    Before flying to Vienna, Mrs. Meir held a news conference in Strasbourg where she had a attended the meeting of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly. She was asked if she thought she would be able to reach some compromise agreement with the Austrian Government.

    Meanwhile, Soviet Jews continue to arrive in Vienna, and because of the current dispute, they are usually met by a welcoming party to give them support. President Kreisky announced the decision to close the camp last Saturday, when Arab guerrillas demanded that Austrian transit facilities for Russian for Jews should be ended in exchange for the lives of four hostages they were holding.

    At their meeting, Dr. Kreisky told Mrs. Meir that his government was to ask the United Nations to take over responsibility for the camp. He told a news conference afterwards that she did not seem "very impressed"
    On her return home to Tel Aviv, Mrs. Meir said she would not comment on her talks until she had discussed them with the Israeli Cabinet. She had been in Vienna for only four-and-a-half hours.

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