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    The leader of the Palestinian observers at the Inter-Parliamentary Union's London conference said on Thursday (4 September) there will be no peace in the Middle East unless there is justice.

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    GV EXTERIOR Westminster Hall with security people (2 shots)

    SCU Hassan talking to reporter


    REPORTER: "You're here as observers, what do you hope to see, what do you hope to learn?"

    HASSAN: "Well, we hope to see that there is a big chance for trust to be said and trust to be heard and trust to be practised. WE believe that knowing reality is the first step towards peace."

    REPORTER: "There is still considerable opposition to you being here. Do you find that discouraging?"

    HASSAN: "No, we don't find anything discouragement, as a matter of fact. We are very patient. We are accustomed and we have the habit of knocking the door until the door is open and we have succeeded already, I think, tremendously."

    REPORTER: "Given the opportunity to speak, what message will you have for this?"

    HASSAN: "Well, the core of the message is that there is no peace without justice and we have to understand the new era our world is entering which is based on co-existence and co-operation and the role of the Middle East there is no solution to the problem and if the problem was not solved there is no peace in the Middle East all of us will suffer and I hope this will not happen."

    REPORTER: "Do you regard the fact that you have been admitted here today as something of a diplomatic victory?"

    HASSAN: "It is, yes, a diplomatic victory, it's a victory because we, as a matter of fact, by being invited to this parliamentary, we are being invited to the people. Recently we used to be invited to the officials of the governmental bodies. Now, although parliament is a part of establishment, but we are talking to the representatives, the direct representatives of the people so we are entering the public opinion. So we always believe that the big bar between us and our cause is the way public opinion was misled in the last forty or fifty years."

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    This film includes an interview with mr. Hassan.

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    Background: The leader of the Palestinian observers at the Inter-Parliamentary Union's London conference said on Thursday (4 September) there will be no peace in the Middle East unless there is justice.

    Mr. Hassan is leading a delegation of four observers at the talks in Westminster Hall in the British House of Parliament. The Palestinian presence has caused widespread controversy and raised many objections from the Israelis, British Jews and several British MPs.

    The conference, opened by Queen Elizabeth on Thursday, was the scene of Jewish demonstration objecting strongly to the Palestinians.

    Israel had objected to the decision of the Union's Council at Colombo last April to invite the Palestine National Council (PNC) to send observers to London. The PNC is the Parliament-in-exile for about three million palestinian Arabs displaced by the creation of Israel in 1948.

    The more publicised PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation), headed by ???asser Arafat, is the executive arm of the Palestinian Commando movement and is an umbrella body for the various guerrilla groups.

    On Friday (5 September), the former Israeli Foreign Minister, Abba Eban, led a walkout of his country's delegation at the conference when Mr. Hassan spoke in a debate on the Middle East and world situation.

    The Union's President, Tom Williams (British) had agreed to a request for Mr. Hassan to take part.

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