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Middle East (Peace Initiative)

Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, pursuant to the answer from the hon. Member for Shoreham (Mr. Luce) on 24 June, Official Report, column 317, he will now list, by name, date and specific venue, the occasions known to Her Majesty's Government when official Palestine Liberation Organisation spokesmen had stressed Yasir Arafat's support for King Hussein's peace initiative; and whether he will indicate which of those occasions also involved explicit acceptance of United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 and 338.

Mr. Arafat's commitment to the Amman agreement of 11 February is not in doubt. It was reinforced when a PLO spokesman said in Amman on 31 May that Mr. Arafat had expressed

"great appreciation and full satisfaction with the Nationalist stand"
of King Hussein in his talks with President Reagan. Public acceptance by the PLO of United Nations security resolutions 242 and 338 would be another important step.