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    General Abu Sameeh Toukuan has formed a Palestine Liberation evolutionary Council to negotiate peace with Israel.

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    GV EXT Rue Lapeyreye (2 shots)

    SV INT General Toukuan seated

    CU General Toukuan speaks

    TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 3): TOUKUAN: "I can assure the world that up from today there will be no kidnappings or hijacking of any aeroplane. Why? Because the accidents of the four aeroplanes have created a lot of trouble for the Palestine question as well as all the world has condemned us as criminals and as not people who are looking for a destination of political and auto-determination of the world. A few days ago, I have made a conference with many of my colleagues. I have consulted them - what shall we do? -- they have authorised me that we shall recognise all the Palestinians under the Council Revolutionary for Palestine Liberation. I have sent cable to Yasser Arafat, to Dr. George Habash, to...(indistinct)..and to eleven organisations of resistance. I told them: we must work, we must unify ourselves, there should be one army, one country, and one object. I don't known why we shall run, one run under Moscow instructions, the other run under China instructions, why the other should go with King Hussein, the other works with Nasser, the other works with Iraq, the other works with Syria....They are trying to mix us...they don't want to help us generally, each one they back a group. Voila, Yasser Arafat, Dr. Habash and some other people - they were studying my projet. I have received the approval of eight resistance organisation to go ahead with our new movement.

    I was asking the United Nations, and especially the Americans -- because the Americans, they are the interested people in the area -- if it is possible that they could make pressure on Israel to give us the compensation which we are claiming. The property of the Palestinian Arabs since 1948 was estimated by the tripartite commission of the United Nations for twelve million dollars. I was asking in addition to that they should give us indemnation for the moral indemnation for the three war of '48, '56 and '67. Moral indemnation I estimated myself at three million dollars. During the three wars, the Palestinians have lost 138,798 victims of the wars from the Palestinian refugees and little boys and old men as well as some of the commandos and the resistance. For this I was asking that if it is possible that they could make a compensation and indemnity personal, I was proposing ten thousand dollars for each one of these victims.

    Initials PAF/MR/MH/1551 PAF/MR/MH/1558

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    Background: General Abu Sameeh Toukuan has formed a Palestine Liberation evolutionary Council to negotiate peace with Israel. Announcing this in airs yesterday (Wednesday October 14) General Toukuan said that he had been in touch with the eleven guerrilla organisations, including Yasser Arafat ???f Al Fatah and Dr. Habash of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and that eight of them had expressed support for his Council.

    The Council will be set up in exile until Israel evacuated occupied territories. General Toukuan has asked Israel for financial compensation for the Palestinian people and also moral indemnity of 10,000 dollars for each Palestinian killed in the three Arab-Israeli wars. In his announcement the General promised an end to the hijacking of aircraft by Palestinian Liberation organisations.

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