The Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), led by Marxist intellectual Dr. George?
The Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), led by Marxist intellectual Dr. George Habbash, announced in Beirut on Thursday (26 September) that it was withdrawing from the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).
The PLO is the overall commando authority and is headed by Mr. Yasser Arafat. The PFLP accuse them of taking part in moves aimed at a Middle east settlement which would betray the Palestinian cause.
Mr. Ahmed Yamani -- also known as Abu Maher, one of the leaders of the PFLP, told a news conference that withdrawl from the PLO executive committee also meant withdrawal from the central council, which serves as a link between the PLO and the Palestine National Council.
The Front say that they will continue to work within the National Council, the popular unions and committees inside the refugee camps.
The PFLP says that it has confirmation of secret contacts between the PLO leadership and the United States, despite PLO denials of this. Such a settlement would guarantee the security and stability of Israel and increase U.S. influence in the region, it charged.
Mr. Yamani spoke to the news conference in English: a transcript of his statement and answers to questions follows: