The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), addressing the U.N. Security Council in New York on Monday?
The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), addressing the U.N. Security Council in New York on Monday night (12 January), demanded U.N. recognition for the "national inalienable rights" of the Palestinians.
farouk Kaddoumi, the guerilla group's foreign affairs spokesman, told the Council, "our people have one homeland, Palestine, and we struggle for its restoration and the exercise of our historic and inalienable rights on its sacred soil."
The 15-member Council had earlier voted by eleven to one (the United States) with three abstentions (Britain, France and Italy) to allow PLO participation in its Middle East debate. Israel is boycotting the session in protest.
The debate opened on Monday (12 January) amid intensified security precautions after the discovery of three pipe bombs near an entrance to UN headquarters.
The bombs were timed to go of shortly before the start of the debate but Police removed them safely.
Experts say the bombs could have caused serious damage within a 50-foot (15-metre) radius.