West Germany wants the European Economic Community to prepare a joint resolution supporting Palestinian self-determination to present to the United Nations General Assembly emergency session on the Middle East.
GV Senate house, Hamburg.
SC Mr. Chedli Klibi, Arab League's Secretary-General getting out of car and entering. (2 SHOTS)
SV Herr Helmut Schmidt, West German Chancellor, speaking to reporters and entering senate.
SV INTERIOR Mr. Klibi and Herr Schmidt. (2 SHOTS)
SV Klibi and Schmidt leaving senate.
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Background: West Germany wants the European Economic Community to prepare a joint resolution supporting Palestinian self-determination to present to the United Nations General Assembly emergency session on the Middle East. At their Venice summit meeting last month, the EEC foreign ministers called for the Palestine Liberation Organisation to be associated with future Arab-Israeli peace talks.
SYNOPSIS: The West German proposal came on the eve of a visit to the country by the Arab League's Secretary-General, Mr. Chedli Klibi. He visited the Hamburg senate on Tuesday (22 July) for talks with Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Arab countries have asked for the special U.N. session to demand international sanctions against Israel because of its policy of settlement in occupied Arab lands. West Germany's Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, has proposed a conference of EEC and Arab foreign ministers at which a European role might be discussed.
The Venice declaration called for the implementation of the right to existence of all states in the Middle East, including Israel. It also demanded the participation of the PLO in the peace process. The Common Market's nine countries have asked Luxembourg's Foreign Minister, Gaston Thorn, to undertake an exploratory mission to the Middle East. Mr. Thorn plans to start his mission in mid-August and, after talks with the parties concerned, will assess the form an EEC initiative could take.