American black civil rights leaders expressed support on tuesday (18 September) for a Palestinian homeland following talks in Beirut with Lebanese President Elias Sarkis.
American black civil rights leaders expressed support on tuesday (18 September) for a Palestinian homeland following talks in Beirut with Lebanese President Elias Sarkis. The sixteen-member delegation of black American leaders who arrived in Lebanon on Sunday (16 September) on a fact-finding mission at the invitation of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is led by Congressman Walter Fontroy and includes members of the black American organisation, the Southern Christian Leadership conference (SCLC).
SYNOPSIS: The American delegation took the opportunity, while in Lebanon, to visit the Sabra Palestine refugee camp. The President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Dr. Joseph Lowery, and several other members of his organisation are included in the delegation. The SCLC decided in August to continue its contact with the Palestinians initiated by former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young. Young had to resign because of it.
The delegates are hoping to meet with the PLO leader Yasser Arafat before the end of their visit. They have already conferred with the PLO's deputy leader, Mr. Salah Khalaf and met with Lebanese President Elias Sarkis on Tuesday (18 September). The visit has been described by the delegates as "a peace mission". The purpose being to get first-hand information on the situation in southern Lebanon in an attempt to improve American understanding.
The Americans have expressed concern about Israeli raids southern Lebanon and have called on all the parties concerned to end the killing., and to work out their problems in an atmosphere of non-violence.