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Formation of ‘palestine Arab Delegation’ Announced by Arab at U. N.

July 19, 1961
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The formation of a new, so-called “Palestine Arab Delegation, ” dedicated to “the termination of the unjustified occupation of 80 percent of the territory of Palestine by Zionist aliens, was announced here today.

The announcement was made in a communication signed by one Issa Nakhleh, who calls himself “permanent representative of the Palestine Arab Delegation. “Little is known here about Mr. Nakhleh,except that he claims to be a refugee from Palestine. It is understood that, since 1948, he has lived most of the time in Argentina. He has been in the United States since the fall of the Argentine regime headed by ex-dictator Juan Peron.

Mr. Nakhleh stated in his announcement that he has sent a formal copy announcing formation of his delegation to the Secretary General of the United Nations and to heads of all missions accredited to the UN. In his formal letters to the UN Secretary General he stated that “the object of the delegation is to cooperate” with all organs of the UN toward “rectifying the injustice inflicted on Palestine and its population since 1948.”

“Our fervent hope, ” he stated, “is that a peaceful solution of the Palestine problem will be found, compatible with international law, with the Charter of the United Nations and the Charter of Human Rights, and not on the basis of the fait accompli resulting from the unjustified, illegal occupation and power politics.”

The formal letter continued by stating: “Palestine, as of right, should be recognized as a democratic state, where all Palestinian Arabs and Jews may live in peace as fellow citizens without any discrimination on ground of race, religion or political belief.”

It is recalled here that, last autumn, a so-called Palestine Arab Delegation appeared, for the first time, before the General Assembly’s Special Political Committee as that committee began its annual debate of the Arab refugee problem. Under the sponsorship of the regularly accredited Arab delegations, this new group was given a voice, but not a vote, in the committee.

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