World reaction to the Middle East ceasefire has been to welcome the initiative and hope that it may lead to a lasting peace.
GV Refugee camp and guerrilla head-quarters PAN TO Palestinian flag
SCU SAIQA guerrilla interviewed.
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QUESTION: "Will SAIQA abide by the case-fire?"
GUERRILLA: "No We will not co-operate in this action. We will not stop-- case fire. We will fight until the last man of the Palestinians and the Arabs."
QUESTION: "Will there be any SAIQA operations today?"
GUERRILLA: "Yes. Of course there will be, and the operations today will be more stronger and larger than other days".
QUESTION: "Some people say that a peaceful solution could solve the Palestinian problem?"
GUERRILLA: "The leaders of the Arabs Republics are not considered as the spokesmen of the Palestinian people. We decide our future. We decide everything with respect to us. So we said a thousand times that we are fighting in order to establish a democratic country in Palestine where the Jews, Muslims and Christians live all peacefully together. This is what this....this is what this means to us".
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Background: World reaction to the Middle East ceasefire has been to welcome the initiative and hope that it may lead to a lasting peace. But not everyone is in favour of the ceasefire, the forthcoming talks or even of peace. Groups of guerrillas in several Arab states are still determined to continue the fight against Israel--even if it means action directly opposed to the official attitude of their countries. The SAIQA guerrilla movement in the Lebanon is one such group.
Over the past year, commando attacks by Lebanon-based guerrillas on Upper Galilee have steadily in crease in scale. So too has Israeli retaliation against the guerrilla bases in South Lebanon.
Political observers believe that however anxious the Lebanese may be to see peace restored in the Middle East, it seems doubtful that they will want to precipitate another crisis with the guerrillas by suppressing their operations when the country is in the throes of a Presidential election.
The Sabera Quarter--where a poor Lebanese Muslim district and a Palestinian refugee camp lie side by side--is one of the strongholds of the guerrilla movement in the Lebanon.
The pro-Syrian Arab socialist guerrilla group (SAIQA) gains support from the Palestinian refugees. A SAIQA guerrilla leader was asked what their attitude would be during the ceasefire: