Press Release (20 October 1995)

H.E. Mr. Yasser Arafat
Chairman of the Executive Committee
of the Palestine Liberation Organization,
President of the Palestinian National Authority

Visit to New York on the Occasion of the
50th Anniversary of the United Nations

H.E. Mr. Yasser Arafat will come to New York this weekend to participate in the Special Commemorative Meeting of the General Assembly on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations. Mr. Arafat will address the Assembly on Sunday, 22 October 1995, during the morning session (approx. 12:30pm EST). On that same day he will attend an official luncheon hosted by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. In the evening he will attend the reception of the President of the United States of America.

Generally, Mr. Arafat will participate in all official events organized by the United Nations on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary, including the concert being held on Monday at Lincoln Center. Also, to compliment the many meetings he has had with world leaders in Cartagena, Colombia during the NAM summit, as well as over various recent visits, Mr. Arafat will be holding bilateral meetings with several leaders, including the leaders of Norway, Poland, China, Sweden, Netherlands, Australia, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Slovak Republic and Czech Republic. The logistical arrangements for other bilateral meetings are being finalized.

Aside from United Nations-related activities, several Palestinian and Arab-American organizations, in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations, are sponsoring a dinner in honor of Mr. Arafat. Funds raised by the dinner have been earmarked, in consultation with the Ministry of Health of the Palestinian National Authority, for Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis (Gaza) and Alia Hospital in Al-Khalil (Hebron). In addition, on a different day, a reception in honor of Mr. Arafat will be hosted by the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations.

During his trip, Mr. Arafat will meet with the members of the Council on Foreign Relations and will also be meeting the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council as well as with a delegation of leaders from the Council of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. Mr. Arafat will also be having a luncheon with a number of important U.S. businessmen.

After leaving New York, on his way back home, Mr. Arafat will make a short stop in Boston, Massachusetts where, at the invitation of the President of the Harvard University, Mr. Arafat will attend a reception and deliver a statement at the University's Kennedy School of Government.

Several media interviews and meetings with some editorial boards of media from the United States and other areas, including the Arab press, will also be held during Mr. Arafat's visit. Other activities and events shall be disclosed at a later stage.