A simple flag-raising ceremony in Cairo on Tuesday (7 September) marked the admittance of the Palestine Liberation Organisation as a full member of the Arab League.
GV EXTERIOR Arab League building and flags (2 shots)
SV Secretary-General Riad and PLO officials move forward and raise PLO flag (2 shots)
SV Riad and officials pass camera
Sv Mr. Sorany (PLO representative) speaking
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Background: A simple flag-raising ceremony in Cairo on Tuesday (7 September) marked the admittance of the Palestine Liberation Organisation as a full member of the Arab League.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony was held outside the Arab League headquarters the day after the Arab League Council voted to admit the PLO. Among those who attended were the Secretary-General Mahmoud Riad, the current chairman of the council, Mr. Habib Chatti, who is the Tunisian Foreign Minister, and the PLO representative in Cairo, Mr. Gamal Sourani. The PLO became the League's 21st member after a proposal by Egypt was unanimously accepted. The decision gives the PLO the same rank as a state. Two years ago at the Arab summit in Rabat, the PLO was designated sole representative of the Palestinian people.
The decision boosts the international status of the PLO, which is the umbrella group for Palestinian organisations, at a time when Palestinian commandos are under heavy military pressure in Lebanon from Lebanese right-wing forces and Syrian troops. But the unanimous decision means that both the Lebanese and Syrian representatives agreed to it.
Israel and the United States have refused to have direct dealings with the PLO labelling it a "terrorist organisation". Israel had also rejected the PLO as a participant in any resumption of the Geneva peace talks on the Middle East. However, the Council decision means the Arab states have hardened their position on PLO representation.