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UNITED NATIONS
Press Release

Department of Public Information l News Coverage Service l New York

SG/SM/4219
15 November 1988

SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS REPORTED STATEMENTS BY PALESTINE NATIONAL

COUNCIL OFFER 'FRESH OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROGRESS TOWARDS PEACE'

The following statement was made today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar:

The Secretary-General has not yet seen the full text of the statements issued by the Palestine National Council in Algiers. However, on the basis of the press reports that have emerged thus far, he believes that fresh opportunities now exist for progress towards peace. The Secretary-General has consistently maintained that a comprehensive settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict should be based on Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, and take fully into account the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination.

The Secretary-General believes that this session of the Palestine National Council has been of the greatest significance. He feels that all concerned should now seize the opportunity to make a determined new effort to achieve a just and lasting solution to the conflict in the Middle East.
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