The head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's office in Paris was assassinated on Thursday (3 August) by two Arab gunmen in the fifth outburst of internecine fighting among Arab factions around the world in less than a week.
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Background: The head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's office in Paris was assassinated on Thursday (3 August) by two Arab gunmen in the fifth outburst of internecine fighting among Arab factions around the world in less than a week. The assassinated P.L.O. leader, Ezzedine Kalak, had replaced a P.L.O. representative who was also assassinated. Shortly after he took up his posting he spoke to newsmen.
SYNOPSIS: On the fifth of January last year, Mr. Kalak spoke to newsmen in Paris about Arab hopes for a separate state in Israel. He said the P.L.O. was in favour of a separate state on what he said was his people's traditional homeland.
Asked what the boundaries of such a state would be Mr. Kalak said it depended on what the forces opposed to the Arabs were going to do.
Mr. Kalak also said that he felt the Israeli Government would not withdraw from territory occupied by its forces. The United Nations, he said, had before it a report urging the creation of a Palestinian state on its traditional home territory.
Mr. Kalak died when two Arab gunmen burst into the P.L.O. offices firing sub-machine guns and throwing grenades. Mr. Kalak's deputy also died in the attack when his legs were blown off by a grenade. Paris police said they were holding an Algerian and a Jordanian. The P.L.O. has blamed Iraq but denials have been issued in Baghdad. Three days earlier a French policeman and an Iraqi guard were killed when firing broke out after a gunman surrendered at the Iraqi Embassy having held nine people hostage.