Palestinians: No Joy in Algiers

No Joy in Algiers

Even the most fiery hard-liners attending the five-day meeting of the Palestine National Council in Algiers last week spoke with gloomy resignation. "There is a new reality -- international, regional and Palestinian," said Farouk Kaddoumi, the Palestine Liberation Organization's foreign minister. That reality, most of the delegates agreed, is one in which the Palestinian people can no longer look either to Moscow or to Arab states for strong political and financial support.

Thus, forced to alter their strategy, the conferees reluctantly but overwhelmingly decided to support the Middle East peace conference that is being orchestrated by the Bush Administration. The P.L.O....

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