The United Nations and the PLO hailed a federal court decision that blocks a congressional attempt to ban the PLO's U.N. Mission from the United States. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar said Wednesday he was "gratified by this judgment, which demonstrates the respect of the U.S. courts for the international obligations of the country." Zehdi Labib Terzi, the Palestine Liberation Organization's ambassador to the U.N., called the ruling a victory for international law. "The United Nations now has no fear that the host country, or any host country, can violate its legal obligations and get out scot-free," he said. U.S. District Judge Edmund Palmieri ruled that the 1947 agreement that brought the United Nations to the United States prohibits the government from closing the Palestine Liberation Organization's observer mission.