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Brazil, Red Cross Officials Refuse to Receive PLO Emissary

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Foreign Ministry and Red Cross officials have refused to receive Said Absair, a special emissary of PLO chieftain Yasir Arafat. According to a report in Journal Do Brasil, Absair arrived in Brasilia, the national capital, at the beginning of May but all his efforts to make contact with officials of the Foreign Ministry and the Red Cross failed.

Although Brazil has declared its backing for the “Palestinian cause,” It has refused so far to recognize the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people. Brazil’s only contact with the PLO has been confined to the United Nations where the PLO has been accepted with non-governmental status. Absair is expected to visit Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and the capitals of other South American countries.

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