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    The head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Information Department, Mr. Yasser Abed Rabbo, has described?

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    CU INTERIOR: Yasser Abed Rabbo listens to question before replying in English.

    STEWARD: "What is your reaction to Sadat's withdrawal from the Jerusalem talks?"

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: RABBO: "Well, this once again emphasises what we said before. This is not the real road to peace and Chamberlain did not bring peace back from Munich. What is going on between Sadat and Israel is nothing more than a manoeuvre within the frame-work of Carter's policy. This proves it would not serve peace in the area. Sadat and Begin's farcical gesturing have ended in the bitter truth: Begin insists on the usurpation of the vital and strategic areas in the Sinai, and on keeping the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a colony under Israeli domination, and in keeping the Golan Heights, which has 60 Israeli colonial settlements under occupation. This means Begin offers nothing in fact".

    "Chamberlain" refers to the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, who sought appeasement with Germany's Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler, in 1938 over the question of Czechoslovakia. He returned to London saying "peace is at hand". Within a year World War Two broke out.

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    Background: The head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Information Department, Mr. Yasser Abed Rabbo, has described the peace moves of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and his Israeli counterpart Menachem Begin as farcical. The PLO spokesman was speaking to Visnews' Tony Steward after the Egyptian Foreign Ministry delegation was recalled from Jerusalem when talks broke down on Wednesday (18 January).

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