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Herzog Critical of PLO Attendance in UN Confab in Vancouver Next Summer

“The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has as much to do with ‘Habitat’ as it has to do with crime prevention,” Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Chaim Herzog, said today in response to Canada’s announcement yesterday that she will host the conference on human settlement (“Habitat”) in Vancouver next summer, a decision which means that a PLO delegation will attend the parley.

Canada decided last month to postpone the conference on crime prevention in Toronto after strong protests against the participation of a PLO delegation. Canada’s request to put off the conference was rejected by the UN and it has been shifted to Geneva.

In an interview today Herzog contended that the admission of the PLO to international conferences with which it has nothing to do, is a “logical continuation” of a process which began with the UN General Assembly last year. “This process is not going to stop with the PLO,” Herzog warned, predicting that soon “all sorts of organizations” would ask to follow the PLO precedent. “This will bring the ultimate disintegration of the United Nations.” Herzog said.