The importance of resolving the Palestinian homeland question has been stressed during recent debates in the United Nations General Assembly on the Middle East question.
GV INTERIOR: United Nations General Assembly.
SCU: Senegal representative Medone Fall, speaking in French.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The importance of resolving the Palestinian homeland question has been stressed during recent debates in the United Nations General Assembly on the Middle East question. On Friday (November 25), the General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Israel's occupation of Arab territories and called for complete Israeli withdrawal from lands occupied since the outbreak of the 1967 war.
SYNOPSIS: Discussions resumed on Monday (November 28) with Senegalese Ambassador Medone Fall reporting on a UN Committee's findings.
Mr. Fall, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinians, said a large majority of delegates believed the question of Palestine to be a central element in the Middle East problem. Therefore a just and durable peace in the region could not be realised until what he termed the "legitimate rights and aspirations" of the Palestinian people had been considered.
He said the committee recognised that there could be no satisfactory and equitable solution on the question of Palestine outside the context of what he described as a "global ruling" on the problem of a homeland. Mr Fall's report
Mr. Fall's report was followed by comments from other delegates, including Mr. Farouk Qaddoumi, head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's delegation to the United Nations. Mr. Qaddoumi said the visit to Israel by President Sadat had taken place at a time when extremists were in power in Israel, when the country was led by a terrorist, Premier Menachem Begin who called occupied Arab land "liberated" territory. The PLO condemned the visit which had caused a major schism among Arab states, Mr. Qaddoumi said.
A Jordanian delegate said the General Assembly and the Security Council had both passed resolutions over several years to redeem the rights of the Palestinians, but all had been unheeded. It was clear that not one inch of occupied land has been restored to the Palestinians. Jordan reiterated that there could be no Middle East peace until Palestinian rights were universally recognised.