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Ngo’s Individual Members Call for International Mideast Conference

A former American hostage in Lebanon, a Palestinian lawyer from the Gaza Strip and an Israeli who is active in the left-wing Mapam party appeared in a joint press conference here Wednesday and called for an international peace conference on the Mideast with the participation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).

The Rev. Benjamin Weir, the Presbyterian Minister who was held captive by terrorists in Lebanon, said that PLO participation in an international peace conference is a “must” and that the U.S. should recognize the PLO.

Tawfiq Abu Ghazaleh, an attorney from Gaza, and Latif Dori, a Mapam party activist and an advocate of Palestinians rights, denounced Israel’s continued occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Both said that there can be no peace without recognition of the PLO.

The three were attending a UN seminar on the question of Palestine, held by the North American Coordinating Committee for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Tuesday and Wednesday. The seminar ended with a call urging the UN Security Council to take steps toward the convening of an international peace conference on the Middle East.