The Palestinian commando chief, Yasser Arafat, has shrugged off a European common Market declaration on the Middle East, saying that Palestinian national rights would be won with guns.
SV PAN Yasser Arafat enters room followed by George Habash, and Abu Iyad
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Background: The Palestinian commando chief, Yasser Arafat, has shrugged off a European common Market declaration on the Middle East, saying that Palestinian national rights would be won with guns. He was addressing a conference of the General Federation of Palestinian Writers and Journalists in Beirut on Friday (13 June).
SYNOPSIS: Also attending the conference were the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, George Habash, Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O.) central committee member, Abu Iyad and a Soviet delegation. Mr. Arafat said the Palestinian people did not have to wait for a European communique to exercise their right to self determination.
Mr. Arafat also attacked the Camp David agreements and American intervention in the Middle East. The P.L.O. has described the common market's declaration on the Middle East as an unspecific and vague statement, which confirmed that the European states could not adopt a sand on the Middle East independent from the United States.
In his speech, Mr. Arafat said that the Palestinians were fighting a people's war, not against the Jewish people, but for the establishment of a national democratic state where Jews, christians and Moslems could live together in peace and quality.