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Statements under the right of reply were made by the representatives of Lebanon and Jordan.
The Assembly will meet again at 5:30 p.m. today to hear the remainder of the statement of the representative of Saudi Arabia. So far, no other speakers are listed for this afternoon's meeting.
The list of speakers for the debate on this item is to be closed at 5 p.m. tomorrow, 4 November.
Opening the debate this morning, Farovuk Kaddoumi (Palestine Liberation Organization), departing from his prepared text, called on the General Assembly to consider imposing sanctions against Israel, to reconsider Israel's membership in the United Nations, and to create a special committee to combats the activities of Zionism and to end its crimes as the crimes of Nazism and fascism had been ended.
Earlier in his statement, Mr. Kaddoumi declared his organization's “unfaltering adherence to the goal of establishing a national authority in order to found a secular democratic state in all of Palestine". He said "the Palestinian's only homeland is Palestine".
There could be no discussions without participation of the PLO, the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, Mr. Kaddoumi said. He rejected partial solutions and a "step-by-step approach". Further, he said that the Palestinians could not be removed from Lebanon, where they had had to go because of the exile imposed on them.
Chaim Herzog (Israel) said the way the General Assembly was dealing with the Middle East problem was "a tragedy of major international proportions". The Assembly had let itself be dominated by "a group of intransigent extremists" and was encouraging fanaticism instead of accommodation, conflict instead of peace.
The aim of the PLO was the destruction of Israel, he said. The PLO was now "actively involved, in pursuance of its policy of international terrorism, in the disruption and dismemberment of the Republic of Lebanon".
Israel, he said, was carrying on a daily dialogue with a major element of the Palestinian Arabs, laying foundations for advance towards the solution of the Palestine Arab problem on a basis of understanding. "This we shall achieve if the process of negotiation and dialogue in the Middle East is encouraged and not obstructed by this Assembly."
Jamil M. Baroody (Saudi Arabia) gave the first part of his statement this morning. He said he would continue the statement this afternoon and outline suggestions to deal with the problem before the Assembly.