A four-day conference opened Friday (16 June) in Damascus, Syria, aimed at encouraging peasant support for the liberation of Palestine.
GV Congress Hall & sign in Arabic (2 shots)
SV INT Abu Maizar speaking to congress
GV Delegates listening
SV Chinese delegation listening
GV Abu Maizar speaking in foreground
SV Russian delegation listening
SV Cyprus and Hungarian delegations
SV Delegates from Jordon & Libya (2 shots)
SV Abu Maizar speaking
SV Delegations & photo of Yassir Arafat
SV Delegates applaud
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Background: A four-day conference opened Friday (16 June) in Damascus, Syria, aimed at encouraging peasant support for the liberation of Palestine. The conference, organised by the Palestine Libration Organisation (PLO), is aimed at drawing together Palestinian peasants both inside and outside Palestine - in the General Federation of Palestinian Peasants.
The conference, held in the headquarters of the Syrian General Federation of Trade Unions, was attended by delegations from Jordan, Libya, Hungry, Bulgaria, the Soviet Union, Sudan, Democratic Yemen, Syria and China.
The principal speaker at the opening of the constituent congress was Muhsen Abu Maizar, the official spokesman for the PLO, named by PLO leader Yassir Arafat to preside on behalf of Arafat.
Mr. Abu Maizar told the delegates that Zionism and Imperialism had committed crimes against Palestine and that the conference will set up the machinery for organising a union of peasants from inside and outside of Palestine in the struggle to liberate and defend their homeland. He also said the conference would elect a secretariat general for the union.
SYNOPSIS: The Syrian General Federation of Trade Unions - in Damascus - was the scene on Friday of the first meeting of the General Federation of Palestinian Peasants ... a new front in the battle to liberate Palestine.
Muhsen Abu Maizar ... official spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organisation ... named by PLO leader Yassir Arafat to address the delegates on his behalf. The four-day conference is organised by the PLO. A delegation from China was among those that heard Mr. Abu Maizar explain the purpose of the conference...to organise a peasants' union containing, not only the peasants in Palestine, but those beyond its borders as well.
A delegation from the Soviet Union ... which has become deeply involved in the politics of the Middle East...was also on hand to offer its support to the PLO effort...along with representatives from Cyprus and Hungary...as well as delegations from countries in the Middle East who are closest and most familiar with the complicated Israeli-Arab dispute.
Mr. Abu Maizar said the conference would set up a Peasant Union to combat what he called the crimes of Zionism and Imperialism against Palestine.