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    The Chairman of the United Nations Committee on Palestinian Rights, Mr. Medoune Fall, defended the?

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    SV Chairman of U.N. Committee on Inalienable Rights of Palestinian People Medoune Fall speaking

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    Background: The Chairman of the United Nations Committee on Palestinian Rights, Mr. Medoune Fall, defended the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young's recent meeting with the Palestinian representative Zehdi Terzi. Mr. Young's unauthorised meeting with Mr. Terzi caused considerable controversy in the United States and led to his resignation.

    SYNOPSIS: The United Nations Committee on Palestinian Rights completed work on Tuesday (21 August) of a draft resolution which would proclaim the rights of the Palestinians to national independence. But before the debate closed the Chairman of the Committee, Senegal's Mr. Medoune Fall, caused a storm by defending American Ambassador Andrew Young's controversial meeting with the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Mr. Zehdi Terzi. Mr. Fall claimed Mr. Young was simply fulfilling his duties as Chairman of the security Council.

    Mr. Fall explained that the Committee had initiated a Security Council debate on Palestine which should have been held on July the 30th but was eventually postponed to the 23rd of August. He said Mr. Young had discussed the postponement of the debate with him and them met Mr. Terzi to discuss when the debate could be held.

    Mr. Fall maintained that he believed Mr. Young's action was entirely in line with American policy as the United States had never recognised the Committee on Palestinian Rights and did not want the Security Council debate to take place. This view was further supported by a statement made by American President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday (21 August) when he said that he did not know if the debar would be adjourned. But he certainly hoped it would be.

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