• Short Summary

    The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) held discussions in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday (11 August), to discuss the problem the Palestinian cause is facing both within the Arab world, and on the international level.

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    The Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) held discussions in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday (11 August), to discuss the problem the Palestinian cause is facing both within the Arab world, and on the international level.

    SYNOPSIS: The leading figure at the talks was PLO leader Yasser Arafat. Arafat has been spending the past few months travelling through Western Europe holding high-level talks with Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, pushing the cause of the Palestinians. Arafat has already said that he is "ready to do anything" to secure relations with the United States, a statements that his host country Syria had denounced. The state controlled Press in Damascus says that such a dialogue would be aimed at isolating Syria and dispersing the Arab camp opposed to the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement. It is not known whether or not the PLO has been consulting Damascus about its drive to win support from Western European countries and the Unites States.

    The PLO is now working with Kuwait in an attempt to persuade the United Nations to pass a new resolution to uphold the rights of the Palestinians, but the group has received little support in their quest from the Americans. President Carter has strongly reaffirmed his opposition to the creation of a separate Palestinian state.

    Some observers feel that if current efforts to persuade Washington to recognise the PLO fails, guerrilla activity is bound to escalate.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADE1CXYAA1G1EEMB7LCUBPH0B9
    Media URN:
    VLVADE1CXYAA1G1EEMB7LCUBPH0B9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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