INTRODUCTION: There have been reports of more revenge killings in Lebanon for the death of the left-wing leader, Kamal Jumblatt.
SV Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat receiving peace medal
SV INT PLO spokesman speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: LABADI: "Kamal Jumblatt was assassinated yesterday. And President or Chairman Yasser Arafat gave his speech which lasted about four hours. Chairman Arafat replied to all the questions of the hour and the questions that were raised by the delegates in the discussion of the political report. Even if the start Geneva, there will be start Geneva, there will be a war late '77 or late '78. We want to establish Palestinian Democratic State in Palestine where Jews, Christians, Moslems can live in peace and fraternity together. So we are not afraid of these contacts and we are ready, as I said before, to meet with anybody who recognises the self-determination rights of the Palestinian people."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: There have been reports of more revenge killings in Lebanon for the death of the left-wing leader, Kamal Jumblatt. His death came as a severe shock to the Palestinians meeting in Cairo who were close allies of Mr. Jumblatt's. The Palestine National Council (PNC) -- Palestine Parliament-in-Exile -- have been meeting in the Egyptian capital to discuss a strategy for the future.
SYNOPSIS: The Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Yasser Arafat, has played a major part in the PNC discussions. On Thursday (17 March), Mr. Arafat received a medal for efforts to achieve international peace. Earlier in the day, the Palestinian leader had addressed the meeting. He attached the United States for pouring billions of dollars in aid into Israel each year. But he also confirmed that contacts had been made between Palestinian envoys and members of the Israeli peace committee. He added though that the PLO was firm in its aim to create a secular state. Palestinian spokesman, Mr. Mahmoud el-Labadi, gave further details of Mrs. Arafat's speech.