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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2709


Senator MARRIOTT (TASMANIA) - Does the Minister for Foreign Affairs believe that the Australian Government could, with any useful effect, call on the Palestine Liberation Organisation to renounce violence and terrorism so that a basis for peaceful negotiation with Israel could be established? If the answer is in the affirmative, will the Minister advise the Senate whether he can take some suitable action?


Senator WILLESEE - There is no doubt that the Palestine Liberation Organisation and everybody else know where we stand on the question of violence. It is interesting to note that in the very sad case of the hi-lacking of the British Airways aircraft a few days ago, in which one person was murdered, Yasser Arafat, the leader of the PLO, condemned the hi-jackers as saboteurs damaging the Palestinian cause. When we hear such statements we can hardly accuse the PLO of having that sort of activity as their official policy. There is no doubt that there are sections of people in the Arab countries carrying out some typically guerrilla warfare against Israel and committing some acts of sabotage and murder such as this. There is retaliatory action being taken on the other side. This is one of the things, of course, that everybody condemns. One of the things that may come out of this situation, if we get the more responsible people on the Arab side to come forward and speak, is, hopefully, a diminution of this terrorism and murder.







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