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Little Opposition Expected to Resolution on Palestinian Rights

November 23, 1976
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Little opposition to the anti-Israeli resolution at the end of the present Palestinian debate in the General Assembly is expected when the resolution comes to a vote on Wednesday, sources at the United Nations said today. The discussion on the report by the 20-member Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People which began Nov. 15 is expected to end today. The report recommends the withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied Arab territories and the establishment of a Palestinian entity under the aegis of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

According to sources here the resolution would call on the Assembly to endorse the report and extend the mandate of the committee for another year. The sources said that the West European countries are likely to abstain on the resolution and that only a handful of countries, including Israel and the United States, will oppose the resolution.

Meanwhile, it was learned here that at least two members of the Palestine committee are trying to convince the other members that European states which have diplomatic relations with Israel should be urged to join the committee. Sixteen of the 20 members of the committee have no diplomatic relations with Israel. Next week, Israel is expected to be a target once again when the General Assembly begins a debate on the Middle East.

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