Abu Iyad, former Black September organiser and the Palestinian guerrilla leader most associated with international terror campaigns, promised a news conference in Cairo on Wednesday (27 November) that operations like last week's hijack of a British Airways VC 10 airliner would not be repeated.
GV PLO spokesmen enter Press conference and sit down (3 shots)
SCU Abu Iyad speaking with interpreter
"I know that the attempt to show the Palestinian work and struggle is separated and factional. Some Arab countries are responsible for this. Arabic.
The Palestinians must not shoulder the responsibility for such an incident. Arabic.
But I say that it is the responsibility of these Arab states to stop their aid and encouraging of such incidents in order not to play on the split in the Palestinian movement. I will leave this to the investigations which are going to be heard with the four hijackers.
They will say by themselves who supported them, who sent them to Dubai airport and who gave them the directions and instructions to do what they did. They will say everything by themselves and very soon."
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Background: Abu Iyad, former Black September organiser and the Palestinian guerrilla leader most associated with international terror campaigns, promised a news conference in Cairo on Wednesday (27 November) that operations like last week's hijack of a British Airways VC 10 airliner would not be repeated.
Abu Iyad, whose real name is Saleh Khalaf, was one of the Palestinian leaders who negotiated the end of the hijack in Tunisia. He also accused some Arab governments of aiding rebel guerrilla groups and admitted that the Palestinian struggle is "separated and factional".
At the news conference Abu Iyad stressed that the hijackers were in no way connected with the Palestine Liberation Organisation and that in fact the PLO would deal firmly with such operations in future.
His pledge was made after the PLO revealed that it has rounded up 26 rebel guerrillas suspected of involvement in the hijacking. This is the first time that the PLO and the rest of the Arab guerrilla movement have tried to wash their hand of terrorism.
The four gunmen who hijacked the VC 10 and killed one of their hostages -- a West German banker -- are now in custody in Tunisia. The PLO has asked the Tunisian Government to hand them over.
In Beirut, another PLO spokesman Mr. Shafik Al-Hout, said on Wednesday that the organization would not hesitate to enforce "revolutionary justice" on whose who defied its authority.
The PLO has changed its policy in terrorism since it obtained international recognition at the United Nations. PLO leader Mr. Yasser Arafat is at present in Moscow for talks with Soviet leaders.