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Mideast, Palestine Issues High on Upcoming General Assembly Agenda

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The “Situation in the Mideast” and the “Question of Palestine” are among the first issues to be discussed by the upcoming General Assembly scheduled to convene Sept. 21. The provisional agenda of the 31st General Assembly contains so far 119 items for consideration. The “Question of Palestine” is item 27 and the “Situation in the Mideast item 29.

In discussing the Palestinian question, the Assembly will be presented with the Report of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People which recommends the creation of a Palestinian state under the rule of the PLO. It also calls for Israeli withdrawal from all Arab territories by June 1977.

Meanwhile, Israeli and Western diplomats are waiting to see what sort of action the Arabs will take at the conference of the Non-Aligned countries in Colombo later this month. The PLO has already started a campaign calling on Third World countries to impose economic and political sanctions against Israel. Diplomats here say that the Arabs will also seek support at the conference for their drive to oust Israel from the UN. Last year the Arabs did not succeed in their effort to obtain the Non-Aligned countries’ support to suspend Israel’s UN membership.

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