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    At the United Nations, Palestine Liberation Organisation observer Zehdi Terzi angrily condemned the Israeli raid into Lebanon on Friday (9 June).

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    GV United Nations building

    CU Palestine Liberation Organisation spokesman Zehdi Terzi speaking in English

    KIMBER: "This point is where you would part company with Mr. Sadat, the Egyptian President, right? But he went to Jerusalem, he went to Tel Aviv. He tried to make things....."

    TERZI: "Where did he get for that?"

    KIMBER: "Well you tell me?"

    TERZI: "You ask Sadat, don't ask me."

    KIMBER: "But no, what did he get out of that? What did Mr. Sadat get from that?"

    TERZI: "You ask me?"

    KIMBER: "Was that a success, put it that way?"

    TERZI: "No??? it's -- it was a complete failure. With adverse results I would say."

    KIMBER: "Yes and Mr. Begin as well, your own opinion about him as far as today in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv?"

    TERZI: "Begin, my idea of Begin is very clear you know. Someone who orders the massacre of children, the one who orders the dropping of cluster bombs has to be treated as a criminal."

    KIMBER: "Does that mean, in fact, that there's no way the Palestine Liberation Organisation would actually negotiate either indirectly or directly with a government headed by Mr. Begin?"

    TERZI: "Well the question is what are the basis of negotiations?"

    KIMBER: "No, but that's, with respect, avoiding the question, because....."

    TERZI: "I don't know it, you see the question is not a personal matter."

    KIMBER: "But you were personal Mr. Begin (indistinct)."

    TERZI: "Well, that's my personal feeling, of course, but as far as the PLO is concerned we did accept to go to any negotiation as prescribed by the United Nations, where all parties concerned are treated on the same footing."

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    Background: At the United Nations, Palestine Liberation Organisation observer Zehdi Terzi angrily condemned the Israeli raid into Lebanon on Friday (9 June). In the raid Israeli forces attacked a naval base said to be used by Palestinian guerrillas 10 kilometres (6 miles) south of Sidon, on the Lebanese coast. The Israelis killed at least seven Palestinian guerrillas. This attack came just days before the Israelis are due to pull their remaining troops out of southern Lebanon. In an interview with Visnews reporter Peter Kimber, Mr. Terzi said that Israel will pay the consequences of that dawn raid; he vowed retribution and went on to say that Egypt's President Sadat is a joke and a failure.

    On Sadat's efforts at negotiations, Kimber pressed further.

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