Reactions on two fronts to the Camp David agreement for Middle East peace. On Wednesday?
Reactions on two fronts to the Camp David agreement for Middle East peace. On Wednesday (20 September) thousands of Palestinians marched through the streets of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, voicing their condemnation of the agreement. Meanwhile, the South Yemeni President, Ali Nasser Mohammed, arrived in Damascus, Syria, on Tuesday (19 September) for the anti-Egyptian summit meeting.
SYNOPSIS: At news of the agreement, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), whose headquarters are in Beirut, announced it totally rejected the accord. Moslems in the city announced a strike as part of their protest. Preceded by a security guard of heavily-armed guerrillas in jeeps, Palestinians swarmed through the streets of the Moslem western districts.
They waved banners and changed slogans denouncing the three countries that had participated in the Camp David talks -- Egypt, Israel and the United States.
At Damascus airport, Syrian President Hafez al-Assad was on hand to greet the South Yemeni President Ali Nasser mohammed. Other nations attending the hardliners' summit, which was the begin the following day, were the Libyan Jamahiriyah, Algeria, and representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.
Political observers in Damascus said a major outcome of this summit could be to push opponents of the Camp David agreement closer to the Soviet Union. The hardliners were already said to have taken heart that both Saudi Arabia and Jordan immediately rejected the Egyptian-Israeli pact.