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Palestinian Declaration of Independence and Acceptance of Res. 242 and 338 (1988)

Algiers, Algeria
Yasser Arafat, PLO: Participant
A set of resolutions adopted by the Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, chaired by PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, on 15 November 1988 in Algiers, Algeria. One of the resolutions was a political communiqué, vowing to continue the (First) Intifada and containing an implicit acceptance of UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338. Another was a declaration of independence of the State of Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital, based on the Palestinian right for self-determination, its legal and historical rights, and relevant resolutions of the United Nations and the Arab League. On the same day, the UN General Assembly acknowledged the declaration and began using the designation “Palestine” instead of “PLO”. By the end of 1988, 82 countries had recognized Palestinian independence.