In Portugal, the World Conference of Solidarity with Arab People and Palestine has produced a document condemning the Camp David accords and the Egypt-Israel peace treaty.
In Portugal, the World Conference of Solidarity with Arab People and Palestine has produced a document condemning the Camp David accords and the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. The document, entitled the Lisbon Declaration, Calls for immediate Israeli withdrawal from all occupied Arab and Palestinian territories, as well as declaring support for continuing Palestinian use of violence.
SYNOPSIS: The Delegation was reached on the fifth and final day of the conference. Some seven hundred and fifty delegates from more than a hundred countries had taken part in the discussions. Their meeting was seen as part of a new Palestinian diplomatic initiative in Europe, and the Lisbon Declaration was a formal document in support for it. The Declaration itself echoed the speeches of many delegates in accusing the United States, Israel and Egypt of conspiring to deprive the Palestinians of a homeland. This, the Declaration said, was threatening not only Arab security but also international peace.
The Declaration went on to re-affirm support for the Palestinians, under the leadership of the PLO, in their fight against Israel. It also criticised the United States for what it called its "obstruction", by use of its veto, of United Nations resolutions recognising Palestinian rights. The Soviet Union, however, and other socialist countries, were praised for what the Declaration called their "significant role" in support of the Arab people. And national movements in the Middle East received a vote of support in what the Conference called their "struggle against pacts and military bases".
Also in Lisbon during the conference was Isabel Allende, daughter of the former Chilean President Salvador Allende who died during his overthrow in 1973. His daughter said that she had great hopes and optimism for Chile, despite what she termed the "dictatorship" of the present regime. She said opposition to the regime among workers, students and women was getting stronger each day, and that she believed they would be successful eventually in gaining power.