As Israeli has urged that Palestinians must be represented at convened Middle East peace talks in Geneva.
SV: delegates listening as Aziz Muhammed, Iraqi Communist Party secretary speaking in Arabic.
SV: Aziz Muhammed speaking (Arabic sound)
CU: delegates applauding.
SV: audience listening as Mair Vilner, Israeli Communist Party General Secretary speaks. (Russian Sound)
SV: Vilner speaking as audience listens (Russian Sound) (2 shots)
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Background: As Israeli has urged that Palestinians must be represented at convened Middle East peace talks in Geneva. He is Mr Mair Vilner, general secretary of the New Communist Party of Israel. He made his appeal in an speech at the Kremlin in Moscow on Thursday (3 November) as part of the Russian Revolution 60th anniversary celebrations. Another speaker, Aziz Muhammed, secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party, said the Palestinians must get their own homeland.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Aziz spoke first. He said opportunities had to be created for Palestinians to return to what he called their homeland, and, after this, they should be allowed to set up their independent national state, Mr. Aziz contended this was one of the `just goals' that Arab countries could achieve if they allied themselves with the Soviet Union. Her reminded his listeners that Iraq and the Soviet Union had signed a Treaty of friendship and co-operation in 1972, and said he believed the Iraqi people were pleased to have strong ties between their two nations.
Speaking in Russian, Mr Vilner supported the reconvening of the Geneva conference on the Middle East. Without the Palestinians taking part in negotiations, he said, there could be no prospect of peace coming to the region.
Mr. Vilner continued to stress the theme of peace throughout the world. He said the Israeli Communist Party greatly appreciated the peaceful foreign policy of the Soviet Union. His party considered that no political party anywhere had contributed more in the quest for peace, national and social liberation than the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
The new Communist Party of Israel broke away from the original Communist Party in 1965 and, after the elections of May 1977, has five of the 120 seats in the Israeli parliament, Mr Vilner said his party's Jewish and Arab members admired the equality and friendship of the peoples of the Soviet Union.