A spokesman for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation said in Beirut on Sunday (18 September) that the PLO will have to be recognised by the United States as the sole legal representatives of the Palestinian people -- otherwise there would be 'no peace' in the Middle East.
SV INT. Mahmoud Labadi, Palestinian Liberation Organisation spokesman interviewed by reporter in Beirut, Lebanon (English speech)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "In the light of the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmi's visit to the United States.....are you optimistic or pessimistic that this will have any meaningful result?"
SEQ. 1: LABADI: "Well, we think that we are always optimistic because we believe that the future is ours, and we are on the right side, and that's why we are always optimistic, and sooner or later the United States have to recognise the rights of the Palestinian people -- of the PLO -- the sole legal representative of the Palestinian people. Without recognition of the PLO, there will be no peace -- no just and durable peace in the Middle East."
REPORTER: "Are you convinced the United States is meaning the PLO specifically when it calls for Palestinian representation......?"
LABADI: "We have considered this as an address to the PLO -- because the PLO is the sole representative of the Palestinian people, and is the only body to represent the Palestinians. So that's why we believe that this address was addressed to the PLO -- the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinians."
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Background: A spokesman for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation said in Beirut on Sunday (18 September) that the PLO will have to be recognised by the United States as the sole legal representatives of the Palestinian people -- otherwise there would be 'no peace' in the Middle East. Mr. Mahmoud Labadi was speaking in PLO headquarters in the Lebanese capital as Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi was on his way to the United States for talks with President Jimmy Carter. He said the U.S.A. would have to recognise the rights of his people. Egypt and America are leading the current Mid-East peace initiative -- and Palestinian representation is one of the major obstacles to the conference table.