The Palestinian central council began a series of meetings in Damascus on Sunday (12 December) to examine the latest developments on the question of Palestine.
GV INTERIOR: Yasser Arafat seated Fahoun head of table.
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Background: The Palestinian central council began a series of meetings in Damascus on Sunday (12 December) to examine the latest developments on the question of Palestine.
SYNOPSIS: Yasser Arafat, Head of the PLO, attended the meeting as did Mr. Khaled al-Fahoun President of the National Council, who chaired the discussions. It was the first meeting of the Council's Executive since last February. However, three organisations boycotted the session - the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) the Arab Liberation Front (ALF) and the Popular Liberation Front (PLA). 36 of the 40 council members were present.
Mr. Arafat began the discussion on Monday. as expected he spoke on such major topics as Unity within the Palestinian movements, the repercussions of the Lebanese crisis, and the situation in the occupied Arab territories. The committee still must fix a convening date for the Palestinian National Council, due to sit next month in Cairo. Two other issues on the agenda are the formation of a government-in-exile and Syria's suggestion that all the Arabs, including the PLO, should go to Geneva for peace talks with Israel as one unified force.