INTRODUCTION: West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, under personal attack from Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, reported to parliament on Thursday (7 May) on his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, under personal attack from Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, reported to parliament on Thursday (7 May) on his recent visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Begin's attacks followed a statement made on Monday (4 May) by Herr Schmidt on his return, that the Palestinians had a moral claim to self-determination. As the attacks were continuing on Wednesday (6 May). Secretary General Chedli Klibi of the Arab League arrived in Bonn to address the Institute of International Relations there, and praised Chancellor Schmidt's remarks.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Klibi was met at the airport by representatives of the Institute, and Mr. Mohammed Ali Al-Ansari of the Arab States Mission in Bonn.
West German officials declined to comment on the Israeli leader's latest and strongest attack. In it, he accused Herr Schmidt of having remained faithful to Hitler until the very end of World War Two, adding that "he never broke his oath of loyalty to his Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler".
While Israelis were applauding Mr. Begin's attacks, the Arab League was voicing appreciation of Chancellor Schmidt's stand.
Mr. Klibi called it a major step on the path to understanding with Arab countries.
During his lecture, as a further step, Mr. Klibi urged that the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) should be recognised as representative of the Palestinian people. Mr. Klibi added that Bonn, and its European allies, could play an active role in Middle East peace efforts, by persuading the United States to adopt what he called a more equitable stance towards the region.
West German officials have stressed that Herr Schmidt's original remarks were largely based on the European Common Market declaration on the Middle East. The Chancellor had gone only slightly beyond the original wording, they said.