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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2706

Senator WITHERS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Does the Australian Government condemn the stated policy of the Palestine Liberation Organisation to eliminate Israel as a sovereign independent State? Will the Australian Government get the PLO to state unequivocally that it, the PLO, accepts Israel's right to exist as an independent nation?

Senator WILLESEE -Most of the Arab countries have accepted the right of Israel to exist, and this we welcome. We are going through a transitional stage with the PLO. We would welcome the PLO stating what we have stated several times, that is, that the right of Israel to exist must be paramount in all negotiations. That is the thing we made very clear in recent votes in the United Nations.

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