United States Secretary of State.
SV INTERIOR Mr. Clovis Maksoud, League of Arab States' Permanent Observer to U.N., speaking in English. (5 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: MAKSOUD: "We find that there are rumours or plans of initiatives undertaken by Western European countries, especially the European Common Market. There have been certain reports on spelling out some of the proposals, and, as long as these have not been officially enunciated, and they are not expected to be enunciated before the summit meeting of the Common Market countries, we cannot give any precise comment. However, we can comment on two aspects of these initiatives. One is that the United States has undertaken to exercise sufficient diplomatic pressures to pre-empt any position by the European countries which might have the semblance of credibility, let alone the credibility itself. The second aspect is that the Palestine Liberation Organisation - the question about its recognition - is no longer a question. The PLO is the vehicle, the instrument of the Palestinian people. It is the framework of Palestinian peoplehood, and if I may say so, the PLO for the Palestinians is a state of mind. So, the question of whether the PLO or not is to be recognised, and what degree of recognition, is no longer a question that can be entertained as an option."
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Background: United States Secretary of State. Edmund Muskie, on Tuesday (10 June) warned America's Western European allies against any Middle East initiative which would undermine the Camp David peace process. At the same time it was reported in Cairo that negotiators from Egypt, Israel and the United States will meet in Washington next month in an effort to get the stalled Palestinian autonomy talks underway again. Mr. Muskie's warning came a day after the league of Arab States' Permanent United Nations observer, Clovis Maksoud, told reporters at the United Nations that United States' pressure on its allies had lessened the likelihood of a credible European initiative.