The Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Yasser Arafat, has said the multinational forces in Lebanon, including the United States Marines, must guarantee the security of the Palestinian refugees remaining in Lebanon.
ERT; ATHENS, GREECE: GV, CU, GV ZOOM IN CU Yasser Arafat replying to interviewer. (3 SHOTS)
VISNEWS, JERUSALEM: GV INTERIOR Labour Party leader Shimon Peres addressing news conference. (4 SHOTS)
ERT; ATHENS, GREECE: SV Arafat inspecting military guards. (2 SHOTS)
SV Arafat taking his farewells. (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: (SEQ 1) "What will be the future in Lebanon as Bashir Gemayel has been elected President of Lebanon?"
ARAFAT: "First of all, all the freedom-fighters have left. There is one brigade and they left after me. You see, concerning our people, the Palestinian refugees, we are leaving now in Lebanon about more than half a million Palestinian refugees. According to the agreement, the multinational forces and the Americans have to take care of their security and take care for their refugee camps, all the refugee camps, this is agreement."
PERES: (SEQ 2) "In my meeting with President Reagan, he expressed his hope that Jordan may become Egypt number two on the list of Arab countries to make peace with Israel. To the best of my knowledge Jordan gave her consent to this proposal and is ready now for the first time to enter the negotiations based upon Camp David. As I have said I see in it a major development."
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Background: The Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Yasser Arafat, has said the multinational forces in Lebanon, including the United States Marines, must guarantee the security of the Palestinian refugees remaining in Lebanon. Mr. Arafat, was speaking in Athens on September 3 where he had stopped en route to his new headquarters in Tunis. He said that the last of the Palestinian guerrillas had now been evacuated from Beirut. The PLO Chairman left later on September 3 for Tunis after receiving a warm farewell from his Greek hosts and Palestinian comrades at Athens airport. Meanwhile in Jerusalem, the leader of the Labour Party, Shimon Peres, has said that he believes Jordan is now ready to join the Camp David process. Mr. Peres said that as a result of his recent talks with President Reagan he believes Jordan has consented to join Egypt in making peace with Israel. Mr. Peres' statement came one day after Prime Minister Begin had rejected President Reagan's latest proposals for a Middle East peace, including the idea of linking an autonomous, Palestinian West Bank with Jordan.