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The PLO apparently doesn't want anybody else dictating who it may be friendly with. Despite pressure from Syria to break ties with Jordan -- with which Syria is feuding -- a Western source confirms: "Al Fatah [the PLO guerrilla army] is still talking to Jordan. It is in Fatah's interest as well as Jordan's."

A joint PLO-Jordanian coordinating committee for the occupied West Bank distributes $70 million a year, allocated by Arab governments, to Palestinians in occupied territories. Jordan is the only country that is able to channel money to residents because of its peaceful border with Israel.

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Both Jordan and West Bank residents recognize the PLO as the proper representative of the Palestinian cause. m

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