BAGHDAD, Iraq — PLO leader Yasser Arafat said today he would recognize Israel's right to exist if Israel and the United States agreed to an international conference on Middle East peace.
"As this conference would be under U.N. auspices, that means the full legality . . . of all U.N. resolutions, including 242 and 338," Arafat said in an interview at the Palestine Liberation Organization's military headquarters in a Baghdad suburb.
Security Council Resolution 242, passed Nov. 22, 1967, recognizes Israel's right to exist. It was passed after Israel conquered Arab territory in the West Bank, the Sinai Desert and the Golan Heights of Syria.
Talks Tied to Resolution
The United States and Israel have said that the PLO's refusal to accept Resolution 242 ruled out direct negotiations with the organization in any Arab-Israeli peace talks.