UNITED NATIONS (Jun. 21)
A United Nations spokesman denied today a report that the United Nations and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) had reached a secret agreement permitting large numbers of terrorists to re-enter areas evacuated by Israel in south Lebanon. “Such an agreement does not exist,” the spokesman said, adding that the practice of the United Nations is to conduct all agreements in the open.
The Israeli State television reported the alleged agreement last night, citing “most authoritative sources.” According to the military correspondent of the Israeli TV, PLO leader Yasir Arafat signed the agreement six weeks ago in Damascus during a secret meeting with two political deputies of Secretary General Kurt Waldheim.
“The agreement permits the PLO to send in large numbers of terrorists into the southern Lebanon areas from where Israeli forces pulled back,” the TV report alleged. “Since the agreement, there have been no clashes between the United Nations and infiltrators, and increasing numbers of terrorists continue to enter the area,” the correspondent claimed.