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EU urges Israel to let Arafat contact his aides
Reuters, Israel ^ | 4-6-02

Posted on 04/06/2002 6:23:21 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

EU urges Israel to let Arafat contact his aides  
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    BRUSSELS, April 6 (Reuters) - European Union foreign policy 
chief Javier Solana urged Israel on Saturday to allow besieged 
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat contact his aides, saying his 
isolation hampered future talks on a ceasefire. 
    "I appeal to the Israeli government to allow immediately 
full contacts between the president of the Palestinian Authority 
and his closest aides," Solana said in a statement. 
    He said that Arafat, who remains under siege in his 
headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, "should not be 
isolated, especially  at a time when all efforts are needed to 
achieve a ceasefire". 
    Contacts with aides would allow Arafat to better prepare 
himself for any future talks with United States envoy to the 
region Anthony Zinni, who met the Palestinian leader on Friday, 
Solana's spokeswoman said. 
    Solana made his statement because he was disappointed that 
the meeting had not led to giving some freedoms to Arafat, whom 
the EU considers "legitimate leader of the Palestinian people 
and interlocutor of the international community," Cristina 
Gallach told Reuters. 
    She added she hoped that U.S. Secretary of State Colin 
Powell would decide to meet Arafat when he visit to the region 
next week. 
    Earlier on Saturday, a Palestinian official said that 
without such a meeting other Palestinian officials would refuse 
to meet Powell. 
    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon barred Solana and 
Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Pique on Thursday from meeting 
Arafat. Adding insult to injury, Israel announced as soon as 
they had left it would let Zinni visit Arafat. 
    The European Commission insisted the EU did not feel 
humiliated by the rebuff, saying the envoys had taken "a 
calculated risk" in setting off on their ceasefire mission. 
 ((Marcin Grajewski, Brussels newsroom, tel +322 287 6800, fax 
+322 230 5573, e-mail: marcin.grajewski@reuters.com)) 


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government; Israel; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: aides; arafat; eu; israel

1 posted on 04/06/2002 6:23:21 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Letting him contact his aides would more likely result in further suicide bombings than peace, YOU STUPID FREAKING EUROWEENIE!!!!!!!
2 posted on 04/06/2002 6:57:43 AM PST by freedomcrusader
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I agree with the EU. Let Arafat contact his aides.

Get Arafat an Ouija Board pronto!

3 posted on 04/06/2002 7:04:14 AM PST by bvw
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Let him contact his aides, just like they let convicts talk to the outside while in "the joint"... with prison guards monitoring.
4 posted on 04/06/2002 7:16:46 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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