Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat arrived in Rome on September 15 for private talks with Pope and Italian leaders.
GV Plane taxiing on tarmac.
GV Officials waiting to welcome PLO leader Yasser Arafat. (2 SHOTS)
SV Yasser Arafat descends steps of plane and is greeted by officials. (3 SHOTS)
CU Arafat answering reporters' questions.
GV & SV Arafat addressing Italian Parliament. ( 2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Members applaud. (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: (SEQ 4) "What is your reaction to the news, Mr. Arafat, that the Israelis have entered West Beirut?"
ARAFAT: "It is completely against the agreements, because when we left Beirut there was an agreement and specially after they had been defeated in spite of their attempts and in spite of all 17 attacks to invade the city and they failed. We have this agreement through the Lebanese government and through Mr. Habib and specially after this heroic resistance and the struggle to defend the city." (AS HEARD)
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Background: Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat arrived in Rome on September 15 for private talks with Pope and Italian leaders. Mr. Arafat's reaction to the news that the Israelis had moved into West Beirut was to condemn the action as totally in contempt of the evacuation agreement. Shortly after his arrival, the Palestinian leader addressed a 98-nation meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union at the Italian Chamber of Deputies. during his address, Mr. Arafat appealed to the Union to set up a commission to investigate what he called "Israeli war crimes in Lebanon". The Israeli delegates walked out before the Palestinian leader mounted the rostrum, but the other member nations gave Mr. Arafat a warm reception. After leaving Parliament, the PLO Chairman had a private meeting with Pope John Paul II - a move by the Vatican which has outraged Jewish communities in Italy and abroad, and has been strongly criticised by the Israeli government.