Despite a cautious welcome in the Arab world for the Syrian-israeli disengagement pact, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has warned that querrilla raids against Israel are likely to continue.
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SHARIF: "The Security Council resolution 242 tries to deal with the situation created after the Israeli aggression of 1967. It states the necessity of withdrawal from the occupied territories of 1967. But the 242 resolution does not deal with the crux of the problem of the Middle East which is the Palestinian problem. As far as we are concerned we want to deal with the 1948 problem and not the 1967 problem. Peace will never come to the Middle Easy, a lasting peace at least except if the Palestinian problem is solved and if the Palestinian people acquire their legal rights and their homeland. We are fighting to establish a democratic society in palestine and we will not settle for anything less. As for our stands, we refuse to participate in Geneva because the Geneva conference is based on the 242 resolution. We refuse to negotiate with the Israelis, we refuse to participate in the settlement, because all these do not five us our full and legal rights in our homeland."
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Background: Despite a cautious welcome in the Arab world for the Syrian-israeli disengagement pact, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine has warned that querrilla raids against Israel are likely to continue.
In Beirut on Thursday (30 May) Mr. Beseem Abu Sharif, chief spokesman for the P.F.L.P., said his organisation was fighting for democracy in Palestine and would not settle for anything less.
The disengagement on the Golan front, as on the Suez front earlier in the year, would make conditions more difficult for the Palestinians.
But, he said, radical Palestinian organisations would continue fighting until they reganied their full and legal rights in their homeland.
The disengagement agreement hammered out by the American Secretary of State, Doctor Kissinger, does not take account of possible guerrilla raids into Israeli territory. However the United States is reported to have signed an agreement with the Israeli Government to give diplomatic support for any Israeli retaliation should Arab guerrillas strike into Israel.
Following is a transcript of the statement by Mr. Bassam Abut Sharif, spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of palestine, made in Beirut.