INTRODUCTION: There are signs that Jordan is relaxing its attitude towards the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) whose guerrillas King Hussein's troops expelled from the country six years ago.
MV PAN: Palestine Liberation Army troops in desert being addressed by training officer.
MV AND CU: troops being trained to handle mines (2 shots)
MV: troops being trained to assemble mortar gun
GV: troops ?winging on assault frame as smoke canister billows out smoke.
GV: soldiers scrambling over wall on assault course.
MVs: troops crawling through barbed wire covered trench under the eye of training officer. (2 shots)
GVs: troops running up pipes and jumping over flaming obstacle. (2 shots)
MV: troops carrying arms marching through desert.
GV: mock enemy convoy across desert.
MV: training officer fires flares to begin mock attack. (2 shots)
GVs: attack in progress, troops attack truck and retreat (3 shots)
GV PAN: mock assault on jeep as training officer looks on.
President Sadat has claimed he has support for the idea of a declared link between Jordan and the Palestinians over a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza strip. He told a news conference in Cairo last month that from "his knowledge of the Palestinians" and discussions" with King Hussein they would be able to agree to such a proposal. But neither King Hussein or the Palestinians have hidden misgivings about president Sadat's proposal.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: There are signs that Jordan is relaxing its attitude towards the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) whose guerrillas King Hussein's troops expelled from the country six years ago. The two sides have had their first meeting since then this year and this month the Jordan headquarters of the Palestinian Liberation Army, the military wing of the PLO, have been allowed to begin circulating the political monthly magazine Sawt Falatin-- the Voice of Palestine.
SYNOPSIS:Since the 1971 fighting the only military group with PLO connections to stay in the country has been this unit of the Palestine Liberation Army. The unit holds 13 week training courses for Palestinian volunteers. Whether the unit was under the control of the Palestine Liberation Organisation during the five years it stayed after the fighting is unclear. These PLA members can take part in Jordanian army institute courses. The unit is armed with Soviet machine guns, mortars, mines and rockets.
These Palestinian troops were not involved in the 1971 fighting when the Jordanian army rounded up 2,300 of the 2,500 Palestinian guerrillas in the country.
After the round up the Jordanian Prime Minister Mr Wafsi Tell announced that Palestinian guerrillas wanted for crimes or who had demanded the overthrow of the government would be jailed or expelled. Henceforth, he said, only those guerrillas believing in Liberation first would be allowed into the country. The Jordan government had alleged that some of the guerrilla leaders were more interested in spreading Marxist ideologies than Arab unity and that in the three weeks before the operation was mounted the guerrillas had killed 16 Jordanian army troops and wounded 19 others.
The Jordanian and the PLO delegation met in February after pressure from Egypt, Syria and other Arab countries leading the Middle East peace drive. The main topic was Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's proposal of a formal and declared link between Jordan and an Arab envisaged Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza strip occupied by the Israelis. After being the only link through the last troubled five years, the commanders of this PLA force probably have better relations with Jordan than members of the PLO.