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    The Soviet Union and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) have charged that partial peace agreements in the Middle East are not solving all the problem in the area.

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    SV Arafat lifts wreath and walks to Lenin's Tomb.

    SV ZOOM IN TO Wreath at tomb entrance.

    SV ZOOM OUT FROM snow laden trees alongside the Kremlin Wall to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    SV Arafat laying wreath PAN ACROSS TO the eternal flame.

    SCU AND GV Arafat saluting at Tomb.

    Initials VS 21.25 VS 21.35

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    Background: The Soviet Union and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) have charged that partial peace agreements in the Middle East are not solving all the problem in the area.

    The joint charge was issued in a communique at the end of a four-day visit to Moscow by PLO chairman, Yasser Arafat, who had talks with Community Party Politburo Secretary, Boris Ponomaryov and Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko.

    The communique said that the two sides "expressed firm conviction that attempts being undertaken by certain quarters to replace full settlement by partial and sperate agreements could merely generate a flimsy illusion of advance toward peace."
    These attempts, the document added in a clear reference to the recent Egyptian-Israeli interim peace agreement, "freeze the crisis situation in the Middle East and preserve its explosive character which damages the peaceful aspirations of the Nations."
    It said that the only solution would be a complete withdrawal by Israel from the Arab lands it had occupied.

    Earlier Mr. Arafat described as "of great importance" the recent Soviet initiative for a resumption of the Geneva Middle East Peace Conference, with Palestinian participation.

    But Israel refuses to negotiate with the PLO which it believes is dedicated to Israel's destruction, and rejected the Soviet proposal.

    While in Moscow, Mr. Arafat and the officials accompanying him placed wreaths at Lenin's Tomb and at the Grave of the Unknown Solder outside the Kremlin Wall.

    SYNOPSIS: The chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, has been visiting the Soviet Union for talks with top officials. While in Moscow, he and his party visited Lenin's Tomb to lay a wreath. They also visited the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Kremlin Wall. But the sightseeing was only a minor part of the visit. It was designed to discuss the problems in the Middle East.

    Mr. Arafat described his visit as being of exceptional importance and his talks as being a means of re-invigorating his country in the struggle against the enemies of the Palestinian Revolution and people and the Arab nations. Later the two countries issued a communique which gave their views on the Middle East.

    The communique charged that partial peace agreement could only freeze the crisis. it said the only solution was for Israel to withdraw from all occupied Arab territory.

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