A large crowd gathered at the Arab University in Beirut on Sunday (14 December) to celebrate the thirteenth anniversary of the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
GV INTERIOR Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) chief Yasser Arafat arriving at rally.
SV Mr. Arafat speaking.
SV Palestinian and Lebanese leaders listening.
SV Mr. Arafat continues speaking.
SV Mothers with children listening.
SV Arafat speaking.
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Background: A large crowd gathered at the Arab University in Beirut on Sunday (14 December) to celebrate the thirteenth anniversary of the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). PLOT (Palestine Liberation Organisation) Chairman, Yasser Arafat addressed the assembly.
SYNOPSIS: The PLO chief arrived to a warm welcome from leftist and Palestinian leaders and supporters.
In this speech, Mr. Arafat attacked talks in October between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli President Yitzhak Navon. Their meeting was aimed at easing strained relations over the deadlocked negotiations on Palestinian self-rule.
Mr. Arafat's diplomatic moves to gain recognition for the PLO as the legitimate representative of the Palestinians, have been slowed by the outbreak of the Gulf War. The situation was recently further complicated by the PLO's obligation to support Syria in its short-lived confrontation with Jordan. Most of his commando group Fatah favours close links with Jordan to protect its West Bank interests.
In his speech he described the present political situation as most serious, threatening to fragment the Middle East.
He said there would be no stability, security or peace if the Palestinians were ignored. He warned there was now only one choice in the region - that of the Palestinian gun.
Special U.S. envoy Sol Linowitz, presently in the Middle East is preparing report for President-elect Ronald Reagan on the state of the autonomy negotiations.