The Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O.) which represents the main Arab commando groups -- announced on?
The Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O.) which represents the main Arab commando groups -- announced on Monday night (October 22) that it would continue the fight against Israel despite the United Nations ceasefire resolution.
The Palestine commands stand to lose most in any discussion of peace on the basis of the Security Council's resolution 242 of November 1967. This refers to giving territory captured in the 1967 conflict back to Egypt, Jordan and Syria, but would not return land claimed by the Palestinians, or create the State they have been fighting to establish.
In its conditional acceptance of the ceasefire cell on Monday, Israel made a point of specifying that it must include "irregular forces", presumably the Arab commandos.
Observers said it might be difficult to control some elements among the commandos, but it seemed likely that the main body of the movement would have to go along with any decision by the key Arab states.
Despite this, a Palestinian Liberation Organisation spokesman, Bassam Abu Sharif, told newsmen in Beirut the L.P.O. would continue fighting until it had achieved its aims.
SYNOPSIS: The short-lived Middle East ceasefire found no support from the Palestine Liberation Organisation - -the P.L.O. -- at its base in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday morning. While residents were busily catching up on the latest war developments, leaders of the P.L.O. were outlining their defiance of the United Nations ceasefire resolution.
The Arab commandos announced they would go on fighting -- and they attacked Israeli positions on Tuesday nigh to prove it. Their chief spokesman is Bassam Abu Sharif.