INTRODUCTION The Palestinians' Parliament-in-exile has been discussing whether the P.L.O should attend the re-convened Geneva?
INTRODUCTION The Palestinians' Parliament-in-exile has been discussing whether the P.L.O should attend the re-convened Geneva peace conference to be held later this year. The leadership -- led by Yasser Araft -- are in favour of participating, but hardliner are against taking part.
SYNOPSIS: There are 300 delegates attending the Palestinian National Council meetings in Cairo. It's the first time they have gathered together since 1974, but since then the balance of power has radically changed.
Following the settlement of the Lebanese Civil War last year a powerful block of 'front line' Arab nations emerged. They include Jordan, Syria and Egypt, who are all urging the P.L.O to accept the creation of Palestinian ministate alongside Israel. But this solution would mean compromise by the council which is why many delegates are opposed to a settlement.
The presence of Abu Daoud and other members of the Rejection Front has annoyed Israel. They say this is proof that Palestinians -- including Yasser Araft -- are not serious about peace.