NO. 11


'Arafat's Press Conference

The following is the full text of a statement by Palestine LiberationOrganization Chairman Yasser 'Arafat in Geneva on 14 December to a newsconference clarifying his position on US preconditions for dialogue:

"Let me highlight my views before you. Our desire for peace is astrategy and not an interim tactic. We are bent on peace come what may, comewhat may.

"Our statehood provides salvation to the Palestinians and peace to both...