Secretary of State maintains PNC kept promise, changed covenant

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Christopher's letter mentions the English version of the PNC resolution on the covenant, and emphasizes what the United States sees as the two key elements: the PNC statement that it had canceled articles contrary to the letters exchanged by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in September 1993, and had assigned its legal committee the task of preparing a new covenant for council approval.

Besides Helms, 17 other senators demanded that Christopher give clarifications on the PNC decision. They warned that if they were not convinced that the covenant had indeed been changed, they would hold up aid to the PLO.

Christopher said that according to his understanding, the PLO had lived up to its Oslo commitment and to the U.S. requirements for the Palestinian Authority to receive $100 million in annual aid.