President Sadat has said that he holds the Palestine Liberation Organisation responsible for the killing of Mr Youssef Sibai, the prominent Egyptian journalist in Nicosia last month.
SV: President Sadat talks with Vice-President Hosny Mubarak and other ministers.
SV EXTERIOR: President Sadat talks to newsmen.
SADAT: "Well, the fact remains that without solving the Palestinian question, there will be no peace in the area, and this time we are after peace, and peace once and for all."
REPORTER: "And you at this point, Sir, do not consider that the PLO is responsible for what happened in Cyprus? And only if you did decide that they were responsible would you break with the PLO. Is that correct. Sir?"
SADAT: "You see, there are two parts in your question. This first part you say that I don't consider that the PLO is a party in what has happened in Cyprus. This I can't say now because the contrary has not been proved. Until now, the two hired killers are Palestinians. Those Palestinians, the PLO is responsible after them, because whatever sect they represent, those two hired killers, well, they are all in one organisation called the PLO. So until this morning, yes, the PLO is responsible. To what extent, that is what we are trying to find."
REPORTER: "And if you find out that the PLO leadership gave these terrorists their orders, then you would break with the PLO, is that rights?"
SADAT: "Why should you....what are you insisting on this word 'break'? Wait until we see the result and then you shall hear my decision. Why are you insisting on the break?"
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Background: President Sadat has said that he holds the Palestine Liberation Organisation responsible for the killing of Mr Youssef Sibai, the prominent Egyptian journalist in Nicosia last month. It was the assassination of Mr Sibai which led to the gun battle at Larnaca Airport in which 15 Egyptian commandos died. In spite of President Sadat's allegations, the PLO has consistently maintained that the two gunmen responsible for the assassination were not acting under PLO instructions.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat met Vice-President Hosny Mubarak and other ministers at Port Said on Wednesday. Later he said although the Government had withdrawn special privileges accorded to Palestinians living in Egypt, he would not break with the PLO itself.