Arab and Palestinian leaders have denounced the pressures which forced the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, to resign, as further evidence of the strength of the Israeli lobby in Washington.
LV INTERIOR: Spokesman for the National Urban League Vernon Jordan takes his seat on rostrum.
CU Vernon Jordan speaking in English.
LV AND CU: People seated at meeting (3 shots)
CU: PLO Spokesman Yasser Abd Rabbo speaking in English
CU: Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Yadin facing newsmen.
CU: Yadin speaking in English.
TRANSCRIPTS: McCARTHY: "At a meeting of some of the country's most influential black leaders the President was criticised. They wanted to know why Nelson Wolf, the United States, Ambassador to Austria, who also met three times with a P.L.O. representative, has not resigned."
JORDAN: "We feel that if Andy Young's effectiveness was impaired for meeting with the P.L.O. so was that of Ambassador Wolf. And thus we are asking President Carter for a full explanation of the differences between the actions of Ambassador Young and Ambassador Wolf."
RABBO: "Well, this reveals to what extent all the rumours that were circulated about the possible recognition of the PLO by the United States administration were unfounded. The ruling circles in Washington still consider a casual meeting as a crime. Previously, Mr Andrew Young was originally to provide the United States policy with a mask in order to permit the United States Administration to be able to deal with the third world and some national liberation movements."
COCHRAN: "Deputy Premier Yigal Yadin of Israel, said his country had to react to Young's actions."
YADIN: "If in dealing with the PLO by the United States after they had an undertaking and I am sure they won't deal with them, as far as we are concerned it is also a hostile act but it is also more than that. It is going to create obstacles towards achieving a common goal."
REPORTER: LEE McCARTHY AND JOHN COCHRAN
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Background: Arab and Palestinian leaders have denounced the pressures which forced the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, to resign, as further evidence of the strength of the Israeli lobby in Washington. Mr Young resigned after he had met a Palestine Liberation Organisation representative and failed to inform the State Department. America's black leaders are also dismayed. The head of the Urban League, Vernon Jordan, said he could not understand why Young had to resign, and he called for a full explanation from president Carter. But the Israeli Deputy Prime Minister, Yigal Yadin, said contacts between the PLO and the United States were hostile acts. The reporters are the N.B.C.'s Lee McCarthy and John Cochran.
SYNOPSIS: In Beirut, Senior PLO leader, Yasser Abd Rabbo, said the affair proved United States hostility to Palestinians.