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PFLP debates "crisis" in Palestinian national movement.

April 29, 2000, 06:27 PM

LYON (AFP English) - The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) of George Habash Saturday debated "the crisis in the Palestinian national movement," the organisation's spokesman Maher Taher told AFP.

The PFLP is holding its sixth Congress in the Syrian capital, and delegates will discuss "the crisis in the Palestinian national movement from its beginnings in 1948, and including that (the crisis) of the PFLP," said Taher.

The Israeli-Palestinian Oslo accords of 1993, the future of the PLO and the situation of the Palestinian opposition, based mainly in Syria, are also on the agenda, he added, along with papers dealing with policy and organisational issues.

Habash, 75, has been head of the movement since its creation in 1967, but tendered his resignation to the congress when it opened Thursday, paving the way for a younger generation to take over.

The front's chief of staff Saleh Mubarak said Habash had been determined to quit, adding that the favourite to succeed him was deputy secretary-general Abu Ali Mustafa, 60.

2000 AFP