The leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, denies responsibility for the kidnapping of Saudi Arabian Embassy officials in Paris on Wednesday (5 September).
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Background: The leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, denies responsibility for the kidnapping of Saudi Arabian Embassy officials in Paris on Wednesday (5 September).
The following is the English translation of his statement, given during a press conference in Algiers on Friday (7 September).
"Israel and the Imperialist powers are at the moment launching, or have launched, an international campaign to distort our struggle and the escalation of our fight. In order to do that, it utilises some individual acts which are committed by some individuals, or some operations which are plotted against us, and which we denounce whenever they happen. We are surprised when the Zionists, the leaders of world terrorism, talk about what they call Palestinian terrorism. And what is more strange is when the victims of terrorism are accuses. Those who are still suffering from terrorism, they are being accused of being terrorists. But we know what they mean by it. Briefly, it is further conspiracy against us. The incident of the occupation of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Paris presents in our view and example of the conspiracies that are woven against our people. This incident has happened at a time when more than half the people in the world are represented at a meeting in Algiers; at a time when the French public opinion witnesses a great big campaign against Israel terrorism in france itself; and at a time when the world has consumed, through the Security Council and through the international civil aviation establishment, the Israeli air piracy. I am in front of you as a representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, which is the leader of Palestine struggles, it is in this capacity that I tell you that what has happened in Paris has no relation with us and we condemn it strongly, and although we do not know the identity of those who committed it, we will try our best (to bring them to account together with all those who planned it)."