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PLO to file complaint with UN Security Council over Gaza siege

Nov. 28, 2008 8:59 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 28, 2008 8:59 P.M.)
Beirut - Ma'an - A committee head within the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) met with senior Lebanese officials in Beirut on Friday.

Qais Abu Lelia is the head of the PLC's Social Affairs Committee and a member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP)'s politburo.

After meeting with Lebanese officials, Abu Leila spoke to reporters at a news conference in Beirut, where he expressed gratitude for Lebanon's position on Palestine, particularly regarding the siege on the Gaza Strip and recent fuel embargo, both of which "put the lives of patients at risk and increase the suffering of residents."

Abu Leila also affirmed that the Central Council of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) would appeal to the United Nations (UN) Security Council over the Israeli siege and other "attacks on the Palestinians."

Regarding unity talks between Palestnian factions, the DFLP leader said that "preconditions obstruct the comprehensive dialogue," insisting that releasing political prisoners and prohibiting future arrests based on party affiliation would increase the odds for success.

And noting the setting of the Friday conference, Abu Leila called on Arab leaders to follow suit with Qatar's negotiators, who successfully brought an end to factional strife in Lebanon in 2007.
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