UNITED NATIONS (Aug. 20)
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency obtained today the latest working paper on the draft resolution on Palestinian rights. According to the new working paper, which is being circulated between members of the Security Council, the Palestine Liberation Organization and its supporters do not ask specifically for the creation of a Palestinian state, as they did in the original working paper two weeks ago. The new operative section of the Kuwaiti-inspired draft resolution, reads:
“The Security Council affirms: A. That the Palestinian people should be able to exercise its inalienable rights of self-determination, national independence and sovereignty in Palestine in accordance with the United Nations Charter and relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly.
“B. The right of Palestinian refugees wishing to return to their homes and live in peace with their neighbors to do so and the right of those choosing not to return to receive compensation for their property.”
The new working paper also omitted from the preamble a reference to the PLO as “representatives of the Palestinian people.” Meanwhile, sources said that the Security Council meeting on Palestinian rights, which is scheduled for Thursday, might be postponed.