Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) chairman Yasser Arafat was at the start of June talking to Arab supporters of THE PLO who wanted to re-establish unity in the ranks of Fatah, the organisation's military backbone.
ALGIERS (RTA - JUNE 5)
SV Arafat meeting Chedli Klibi, Arab League Secretary-General and other leaders.
SVs Arafat speaking to Arab League leaders. (8 SHOTS)
BEKAA VALLEY (NBC - JUNE 4)
GV Bekaa Valley.
GVs APCs camouflaged under nets, sandbag bunker and rocket launcher. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV Abu Jihad on military vehicle with soldiers. (3 SHOTS)
SVs PLO fighters standing outside building. (2 SHOTS)
(MAKDESI - JUNE 4)
SCU Abu Jihad speaking. (English SOT)
TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: (SEQ 7): "When are you going to stop this rebellion?"
JIHAD: "Well as we have mentioned before we are trying to solve this problem by the political negotiation. We are trying to avoid almost any way of clashes because we are brothers. This is our stand always and we ares standing on this point not looking for any quarrel in the Palestinian field, and I think all the Palestinian characters, all the Palestinian fighters, are against any step from this direction."
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Background: Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) chairman Yasser Arafat was at the start of June talking to Arab supporters of THE PLO who wanted to re-establish unity in the ranks of Fatah, the organisation's military backbone. After a visit to Rumania, Mr. Arafat stopped off in Algeria on June 5, before flying to Saudi Arabia for talks with King Fahd. He was met in Algiers by the Arab League Secretary-General, Chedli Klibi, and later spoke with Algerian President Chadli Benjedid. Both Mr. Klibi and President Benjedid had also met delegations from the dissident Fatah faction, the militant Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Tension was still high in the Bekaa Valley, although there had been al lull in the fighting that broke out on June 4 between Arafat loyalists and dissident Palestinians. Up top forty casualties were reported in artillery and mortar exchanges between opposing factions. soon after the attack the PLO's military chief and one of Mr. Arafat's longest-serving advisers, Abu Jihad, said the fighting started when a group of his men tried to enter territory controlled by the rebel soldiers. He said the dissidents had initiated the fighting; his men had only wanted to talk. Abu Jihad told newsmen that Yasser Arafat and his supporters had been trying to solve the problem by negotiation. He said the mainstream faction still loyal to the chairman, had no quarrel with other Palestinian fighters.