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PLO to Open Information Office in the Hague

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The PLO will soon open on information office in The Hague, according to Khalid al-Hassan, the head of the foreign affairs department of the PLO’s National Council. Hassan is in Holland at the invitation of Klans de Vries, chairman of the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee who for many years has expressed pro-Palestinian views.

Since 1977 the PLO has not wanted to open an information office in The Hague because the Dutch government has refused to give the organization diplomatic status. Now, however, the PLO has decided that it is better to have an information office without diplomatic status than to have no representation at all. The PLO’s representative will be attached to the Arab League office in The Hague but will work according to instructions from the PLO.

Hassan said the Dutch government’s Middle East policy is still weighted too much in favor of Israel, although there have been marked improvements. He said PLO military resistance against Israel will continue, just as the Dutch people resisted during the Nazi occupation of Holland.

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