INTRODUCTION The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has denied that anyone has made contact on its behalf with an Israeli peace group led by retired Israeli Major General Matityahu Peled.
TV Armed troops marching behind band through Damur
CU Armed Pales-tinians marching behind flag
CU Young women in uniform marching carrying portraits
TV People watching
SV & CU Men and women dancing in circle waving flags and weapons (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) has denied that anyone has made contact on its behalf with an Israeli peace group led by retired Israeli Major General Matityahu Peled. The denial was issued in the form of a statement by the head of the PLO's political department, Mr. Farouk Koddoumi. In Tel Aviv, General Peled, who is Chairman of the Israel Council for Israel -- Palestinian Peace, said that a P.L.O. representative had document in paris on New Years's day. General paled said the document included implicit acceptance by the P.L.O of the existence of Israel.
SYNOPSIS: In Lebanon, there have been celebrations by Palestinian commandos marking the El Fatah group's 12th anniversary of its declaration of hostilities against Israel. The celebrations included marches by Palestinian guerrillas, and, in Damur among those taking part were survivors of the siege of the Palestinian refugee camp of Tel-Al-Zaatar. The celebrations in other parts of Lebanon had been attended by the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat.
Carried in the marches were portraits of those who had died for the Palestinian cause. The Tel-Al-Zaatar camp saw some of the heaviest fighting of the 18-month old Lebanese Civil War. The Right-wing attackers suffered losses but the death toll among the refugees and Palestinian guerrillas in the camp were put at more than 2,200.
The celebrations were to last for a week, and were being conducted in several countries. Meanwhile the peace in Lebanon continues.