The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader, Yasser Arafat, blamed the United States for the current fighting in Lebanon, when he addressed the United Nations Conference on Palestine in Geneva on September 2.
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Background: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader, Yasser Arafat, blamed the United States for the current fighting in Lebanon, when he addressed the United Nations Conference on Palestine in Geneva on September 2. Both Israel and the US have boycotted the conference because they claim it will be one-sided. Mr. Arafat told the delegates that the fighting in Lebanon was a consequence of expansionist US and Israeli policies. He said the USA and other Western countries want to destroy peace in the area. Mr. Arafat spoke to the delegates amid one of the tightest security operations ever mounted in Switzerland. He was escorted into the conference room through a back entrance, and he received a standing ovation both before and after his speech. The ten-day conference, which is being attended by delegates from 118 nations, has gone ahead despite controversy over Mr. Arafat's speech. the PLO Chairman flew to Geneva from Tunis after the conference decided to give the PLO a full seat in line with UN General Assembly policy. Mr. Arafat arrived in Switzerland after Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam had left. The PLO leader has been expelled from Syria after accusing the Syrian government of backing dissidents trying to undermine his power base. Mr. Arafat told the delegates that he welcomed all Middle East peace initiatives based on the recognition of Palestinian rights.