The Palestine Liberation Organisation, bitterly angered by President Sadat's visit to Israel, has roundly condemned Egypt at every opportunity since, and said that the timetable for peace has been delayed.
SV Zehdi Terzi addressing General Assembly in English.
TERZI: "The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation issued the following statement on November 18th after a meeting headed by Chairman Yasser Arafat: 'The PLO Executive Committee, together with all groups of the revolution, addressed the following communique to the Palestinian and Arab masses and the world. The decision taken by President Sadat represents apostasy from the most sacred goals of our people and nation. And its disavowal of the blood of thousands of martyrs, it squarely deals a blow to the principles of Arab solidarity, the resolutions of the Arab Summit and the achievements of the Ramadan War. The Arab Nations will not forgive any Arab ruler for such a step which constitutes a dangerous turning point and denial of this nations's struggle throughout history, the accent of which was always the Palestine cause and the liberation of Jerusalem.
In announcing its rejection of President Sadat's step, the Palestinian leadership calls on all the Arab masses to denounce and condemn this dangerous stance which negatively affects the future and dignity of our nation and calls upon the Arab States to define their respective stance. The Palestinian guns, the blood of thousands of martyrs, the thousands of detainees and the tens of thousands of militants struggling against Zionist occupation will form a barrage to repel capitulation and prevent the recurrence of the 1948 conspiracy. They will pave the way towards the liberation of Jerusalem and the Aqsa mosque until the Palestinian flag is raised there and the Palestinian people's national aspirations and rights are achieved."
Egypt's Ambassador to the United Nations, Esmat Meguid, later told the General Assembly that Cairo stood by the Palestinian demands for an independent state, and Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories. And he brushed aside an attack yesterday by Syria by saying that Egypt rose above such slanders. Mr. Meguid said Egypt had fought four Middle East Wars and added, let us have a fifth battle for peace.
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Background: The Palestine Liberation Organisation, bitterly angered by President Sadat's visit to Israel, has roundly condemned Egypt at every opportunity since, and said that the timetable for peace has been delayed. And at the United Nations on Wednesday (23 November), the PLO representative, Zehdi Terzi, spelled out the Palestinians' disapproval to the General Assembly.