Two leading members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation have attacked the Egyptian-Israeli peace initiative during a rally in Beirut.
Two leading members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation have attacked the Egyptian-Israeli peace initiative during a rally in Beirut. One of the spokesman, Majid Abu Sharrar, used the occasion to urge Egypt to breach ties with the United States.
SYNOPSIS: The attacks came when both men addressed the rally, in a Beirut cinema, being held to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the late Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Mohin Bassiso, who's a member of the Palestine Research Centre, described to the members of the Independent Nasserite Movement, the problems facing Lebanon at the moment.
The PLO's information chief, Majid Abu Sharrar, had some hard words to say about President Sadat's Parliamentary speech. He said the Egyptian leader could not be expected to emerge from the "circle of failure" in which he had laced himself. Mr. Sharrar, who's leader of the powerful Fatah guerrilla group. said the only course left to Egypt was to cut its ties with the United States and build up it's army. Mr. Sharrar claimed that, in his speech to the Egyptian Parliament, President Sadat was marking time and trying to "cover up his atrocious failure".
But, said Mr. Sharrar, the President would not be able to continue to do so indefinitely. The only course open to Egypt to recover its rights. he said, was for country to take a new line ...not putting America among its friends when they country has equipped Israel with a major arsenal.