In Damascus, the 14th anniversary of the foundation of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) was celebrated on March 4 with a large rally.
1. GVs Naif Hawatma, leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Khalid Al Fahoum, speaker of the Palestine National Council greeted by chanting crowd (2 shots) 0.08
2. SV Fahoum and Hawatma seated together 0.15
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4. SVs Crowd chants as Hawatma gives victory sign (3 shots) 0.44
5. SCU Hawatma speaks (ARABIC SOT) 1.18
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Background: DAMASCUS, SYRIA
In Damascus, the 14th anniversary of the foundation of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) was celebrated on March 4 with a large rally. The Front's leader, Naif Hawatma, and the speaker of the Palestine National Council (PNC), Khalid Al Fahoum, received an enthusiastic welcome. Also in attendance at the celebrations were guests from the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), South Yemen, Syria and Lebanon. Mr. Fahoum told the audience that delegates at a recent meeting in Algiers of the parliament in exile had voted heavily against accepting the Middle East peace plan proposed by President Ronald Reagan. The US proposals called for the Israelis to hold talks with King Hussein of Jordan, who would act on behalf of the PLO, as Israel refuses to deal directly with the Palestenians. President Reagan said the prime objective was the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon and added that the PLO might be joined in a confederation with Jordan. This was rejected by the PLO's leader, Yasser Arafat, Mr. Hawatma was loudly cheered by his supporters at the DFLP rally and showed the V-for-victory sign. He said the Reagan plan and other solutions proposed by the United States were doomed to failure and he called for a strategic alliance between Syria, the PLO and the Lebanese forces allied to Syria, to continue the struggle for an independent Palestinian state.
Source: REUTERS - MARWAN MAKDESI