A Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) diplomatic offensive aimed at Western Europe got under way in Belgium on Thursday (25 October) with the visit of the organisation's political chief, Farouk Kaddoumi.
GV PLO Political Chief, Farouk Kaddoumi and officials seated at table
SV Kaddoumi speaking with newsmen listening (5 shots)
KADDOUMI: "From our side, we have briefed His Excellency Monsieur Simonet about the situation there because of the continuous aggression of Israel against the Lebanese villagers and refugees' camps and their insistence not to respect the ceasefire agreement, which was taken since August, and the seriousness which might come up as result of this continuous attack and aggression of the Israelis. We have lost everything. We have lost our land, our people are dissipated here and there, and then the question comes why don't you recognise Israel? Which Israel you mean? There are --there is--no borders for Israel. The Israel of '48 or '49 or '67 or '73? At the same time when we become a State, this question should be addressed to us. Therefore we are not ready to answer this and continue to say now--we don't recognise Israel. We are ready to live with the Israelis in a democratic state--in peace...peaceful co-existence with them, and we declare that in one State. If that is impossible, we have the right to establish our independent State in any part of Palestine."
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Background: A Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) diplomatic offensive aimed at Western Europe got under way in Belgium on Thursday (25 October) with the visit of the organisation's political chief, Farouk Kaddoumi. After talks with the Belgian Foreign Minister, Henri Simonet, Mr. Kaddoumi announced he had also been invited to Italy by Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Maria Malfatti. He said his talks with the Belgian Minister had revolved round the violence in Southern Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Kaddoumi blamed Israel for the violence in Southern Lebanon.