The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Mr. Ismail Fahmi, on Wednesday (28 September) rejected the American-sponsored plan?
SV OF: Ismail Fahmi, Egypt's Foreign Minister speaking.
SV: M. de Guirangaud, France's Foreign Minister speaking with delegates listening. (four shots)
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Background: The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Mr. Ismail Fahmi, on Wednesday (28 September) rejected the American-sponsored plan aimed at overcoming the problem of PLO representation in Middle East peace talks. Mr. Fahmi was addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations.. where France's Foreign Minster, M. Louis de Guirangaud, came out strongly in favour of the Palestine Liberation Organisation taking part in the talks.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Fahmi told the General Assembly that Egypt disapproved of any formula which would lead anything other than PLO participation in the talks on a equal footing with the others taking part. This included, he said, the proposal for a unified Arab delegation. Such a delegation would be of no benefit unless the PLO took part on the same level as everyone else.
The idea is rejected, he said, if the purpose is to get around the organisation's established right to represent the Palestinian people. Mr. Fahmi told delegates that if the Middle East situation remained stagnant, an explosion was inevitable and it would dwarf all the previous ones...no one in the world would be safe from its devastating material and spiritual consequences.
He said that all Arabs, would repulse any aggression from wherever it came. And, he said: A glance at the events of the Middle East since 1947 makes it evident that one party has set itself to launch an aggressive war at regular intervals...and to proceed for its preparation under a heavy smokescreen of duplicity and hollow propaganda, deluding itself that it has succeeded in fooling the world."
France's Foreign Minister, M. Louis de Guirangaud, in his address to the General Assembly stressed that PLO should be part of any Geneva peace talks. He told delegates that the presence of the PLO at the United Nations, and his country's conviction that it was Indispensable for Palestinians to be part of talks to decide their future, underlined that the essential dimension of conflict was now recognised.
It was time, he said, that the Palestinian people were given the chance people were given the chance of living independently. And that chance, he said, should be part of any overall solution.