GENEVA (Aug. 29)
Representatives of non-governmental organizations of the United Nations called here Monday for a “settlement to that intolerable situation” in which Israeli “brute force” has led to “the evolution of public and official opinion in Western Europe in favor of Palestinian rights.”
The NGOs began a “European Regional NGO Symposium on the Question of Palestine” at the European headquarters of the United Nations here. Its theme was “The Palestinian Uprising and the European Commitment to the International Peace Conference.”
Some 200 NGOs are represented at the talks.
The opening statement of the session was made by Absa Claude Diallo of Senegal, who chairs the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinians.
The use of “brute force against an unarmed civilian population,” Diallo said, “has generated interest and activity” in Western Europe to bring about “a settlement to that intolerable situation.”
Diallo used as a springboard the stated decision by Jordan’s King Hussein to sever all Jordanian ties to the West Bank in favor of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
She said Hussein’s statement “and the steps based on it have added a new dimension to the efforts of the Palestinian people and its legitimate representative, the PLO, in bringing about a solution to the question.”