Middle East states marginally improved their positions vis-a-vis international banks in the last quarter of 1994, reducing their net deficit by about $3,000 million, according to the Basel-based Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Their deposits in commercial banks reporting to BIS rose to $194,520 million in December from $191,571 million in September, while their liabilities increased only slightly to $80,069 million from $79,705 million.