Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, charged the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, with?
Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, charged the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, with trying to obliterate the victories the Arabs achieved in the 1973 October war with israel, during a mass rally in the syrian capital, Damascus, on Friday (21 March).
Speaking at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Labour Movement in Palestine, Mr. Arafat said that Dr. Kissinger and Imperialism were "trying to jump over the victories achieved in October and after October."
The leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) delivered his remarks as the Secretary of State was locked in delicate negotiations aimed at a further disengagement of Egyptian and Israeli forces in the Middle East.
The capacity audience who heard Mr. Arafat's address gave him an enthusiastic reception as the proclaimed: " This is Arab land and shall remain Arab."
"Dr. Kissinger can move anywhere in this shuttle diplomacy, but will always face a strong Arab will against which all invasions have been shattered," said Mr. Arafat.
Referring to the joint political and military command between Syria and the PLO, proposed by Syria's president Hafez All-Assad last week, Mr. Arafat declared it was "a union open to all struggling forces which want to take part and cooperate."
Friday was also the seventh anniversary of the Battle of Karameh when, in 1968, Jordanian forces repulsed an Israeli assault on the east bank of the River Jordan -- held as the first Arab military success over Israel in the current Middle East conflict.
To mark the anniversary, members of the General Federation of Palestinian Workers laid wreaths at the "Martyr's Cemetery" in honour of the Jordanian dead.