The delegation of black Americans who have been on a fact-finding mission in Lebanon, left for home on Friday (21 September).
The delegation of black Americans who have been on a fact-finding mission in Lebanon, left for home on Friday (21 September). Members of the committee said that they were "sorely disappointed" at not being able to follow up their talks in Beirut with the Palestine Liberation Organization, by meeting with Israeli leaders as well.
SYNOPSIS: The eleven-member team from the Southern Christian leadership Conference (SCLC) ended their visit with three and half hour meeting with Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) chief, Yasser Arafat.
The delegation came from the United States to propose a moratorium on violence in the Middle East and a peaceful solution to the problems plaguing the area. The group had hoped to visit some prominent Israeli leaders, but an SCLC spokesman said that a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister magnatum Begin, which had been proposed, was refused.
The visit by the SCLC to Lebanon directly stemmed from the resignation of Andrew Young last month. Young, resigned his post as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations because of his meeting with PLO representative Zehidi Terzi. Mr Lowery said that his group had committed themselves to continuing the "courageous" work started by Mr. Young last month. Later at a press conference. Mr. Lowery discussed his reasons for visiting Lebanon, and meeting with Arab officials.