In Syria, a meeting of the central council of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has taken a hard line against American peace proposals for the Middle East.
In Syria, a meeting of the central council of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has taken a hard line against American peace proposals for the Middle East. The council firmly rejected suggestions that the PLO should change its opposition to United Nations resolution 242.
SYNOPSIS: The PLO has opposed resolution 242 in the past because it does not deal with the political aspects of the Palestinian problem. But following the visit of United States Secretary of state Cyrus Vance to the Middle East the Americans had hoped for a change of attitude. Council President Khaled Fahhoum was no-committal when he was asked about resolution 242 before the meeting:
No official statement was issued after the meeting of the 55 member council in Damascus on Friday (25 August). But sources said there was no softening of the Palestinian stand. The mood was one of refusing to make concessions without tangible signs of gaining something in return. Any Palestinian attendance at peace talks based on resolution 242 was ruled out by the council members.
PLO leader Yasser Arafat said that all aspects of the Middle East situation had been discussed. The results of the meeting have brought Mr. Arafat closer to the policy of Syria, which has urged the PLO to reject resolution 242.