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    Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has been officially termed a "traitor" by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.?

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    SCU: Palestinian spokesman Khaled al-Fahmou speaking to reporter in Damascus.

    REPORTER: "In token, Mr, Sadat repeated what the Arab nations have said a long time, that is: Israel must withdraw from the occupied territories, there must be a creation of a separate Palestinian state. So what was your reaction to what he said? Were you glad he said that?"

    FAHOUM: "Well, Sadat of course, you know, repeated I mean, what he used to say before; what the other Arabs used to say-the world and Europe, everywhere. Of course, this policy of Sadat, and the other Arab leaders, is very well known to the Israelis, to Israeli public opinion, to the Israeli members of the Knesset, and to the Israeli Government. Therefore, to say it again in the Knesset, causing a split in the Arab lines, in my opinion was a big mistake."

    REPORTER: "You believe the cause of peace has been set back rather than advanced by his trip?"

    FAHOUM: "Of course. What was the use, you know? the Israelis are-showed outwardly they are-that they insist upon their attitude which is contrary to the United Nations resolutions, which is contrary to the understanding of just peace. So going there is a sort of appeasement. I can say that he was appeasing Menachem Begin and appeasement never leads to a just peace. Let me, I mean, just give a small example: you remember Chamberlain as Prime Minister of Great Britain went to see Hitler in Germany, you know, and he appeased him in the hope that peace would prevail. And when Chamberlain went back to England he was received a hero peacemen. A few months after that, what happened to the war? A catastrophe happened. So appeasement of persons who always show desire for expansionism and exclusivism is not the real policy which will give us a just peace."

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    Background: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has been officially termed a "traitor" by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. The PLO is seeking a summit of Syria, Iraq, Algeria, south Yemen and Libya to discuss the Egyptian leader's visit to Israel and to consider sanctions against him. A pro-Syrian guerrilla group has gone further-it demands Sadat's assassination for what is described as the biggest crime" against Egyptian nationality and humanity. Whatever action against Sadat is promoted by the Arab "hawks", their current strong reactions are regarded by observers as a real obstacle to a rapid peace settlement. In Damascus on Tuesday (November 21), one of the elder statement of the Palestinian national movement, Mr. Khaled al Fahoum, said peace had been set back by Sadat's visit.

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