Jesse Jackson, the controversial American civil rights leaders, said today, (5 October) that it is the Palestine Liberation Organisation that has seized the initiative for reaching a Middle East peace.
SV: Jackson on left seated with PLO leader Yasser Arafat (2 shots)
SV: Mahmoud Labadi speaking in Arabic.
SV: Jackson speaking in English.
JACKSON: "The U.S. must be concerned with Palestinian justice, and Israeli security, Lebanon's legal authority, and normalised relations with Arab states. There will be no peace on one side until there is justice on both."
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Background: Jesse Jackson, the controversial American civil rights leaders, said today, (5 October) that it is the Palestine Liberation Organisation that has seized the initiative for reaching a Middle East peace. Jackson told a news conference in Beirut that the PLO's declared ceasefire in southern Lebanon had effectively seized the 'moral initiative' for peace.
SYNOPSIS: Jackson's personal five - nation tour of the Middle East has been received with mixed feelings - both in the Middle East and back home in the U.S. His meetings with PLO leaders were directly aimed at putting pressure on political leaders in the U.S. to open direct talks with the Palestinians on finding a settlement of the conflict in the Middle East. PLO spokesman, Mahmoud Labadi, told a news conference in Beirut that the PLO had agreed to a ceasefire in southern Lebanon. However, most diplomatic sources believe that his promise is only likely to continue the PLO's dual policy of guerrilla strikes inside Israel while trying to score diplomatic points aimed at winning international recognition for the PLO. Western sources have also been saying that the six point plan presented by Labadi falls well short of any major policy change by the PLO.
However the Reverend Jackson was less concerned with the PLO's diplomatic footwork when he made his statement at the end of his tour.