The opening session of the Palestine national Council in Cairo on Saturday (6 January) was urged by the Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr.
The opening session of the Palestine national Council in Cairo on Saturday (6 January) was urged by the Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Mahmoud Riad, to try to unify the divided Palestinian organisations. The current session of the Council, the eleventh, was expected to last several days. The main topics discussed included the unity issue and the stepping-up of guerrilla warfare against Israel.
The session was also to discuss a report by the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O.), headed by guerrilla leader, Yasser Arafat. The report was expected to be the pivot of discussions at the closed sessions of the Council among leaders of the five main Palestinian resistance groups.
The guerrilla leaders also discussed a possible re-structuring of the P.L.O. executive committee. Yasser Arafat will remain chairman of the P.L.O., but changes are expected in the representations of the commando organisations.
SYNOPSIS: Tight security surrounded the Arab League Building in Cairo for the eleventh session of the Palestine National Council. Delegates were expected to meet for several days discussing changes in the structure of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, stepping up the guerrilla war against Israel and internal unity. One hundred and fifty five delegates attended Saturday's opening session of the meetings.
The delegates were urged by the Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Mahmoud Riad, to try again to unify the divisions among Palestinian organisations. Unity talks were a major aspect of the meeting.
Guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat, on the left, shared the limelight at the opening session with the Arab League Secretary, Mahmoud Riad. But when the private discussions began, the meeting was restricted to the leaders of the five main Palestinian commando groups.
Delegates discussed a report by the executive committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation headed by Yasser Arafat. The report dealt with past commando action and plans for action against Israel in the future. It was expected to be the main topic at the private talks. They also discussed a new command structure for the Palestinian Liberation Army.