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PNA denies Arafat request to postpone meeting between Abbas, Sharon

Xinhuanet 2003-05-27 17:28:41

””””GAZA, May 27 (Xinhuanet) -- A senior Palestinian official Tuesday denied report that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had demanded the upcoming meeting between his Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon be postponed.

””””Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Cabinet Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo told "Voice of Palestine" radio that "these are all Israeli lies," and "they want to hold President Arafat responsible for their failures in implementing the roadmap."

””””Israeli media earlier reported that a high-ranking Palestinian official said Arafat had asked Abbas to postpone his talks with Sharon until an executive committee session was held to discuss the meeting's agenda.

””””"In fact, Israel has asked for postponing the meeting until further notice, due to some unknown reasons," Abed Rabbo stated.

””””He added that the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Movement (PLO), chaired by Arafat, would convene on Tuesday to discuss the latest political developments and the arrangements of the Abbas-Sharon talks.

””””Commenting on some Israeli officials' opinion that Israel doesn't have to commit to all of the roadmap's elements, Abed Rabbo said ”°this is expectable, the Israeli cabinet involves hard line movements that are a major support to Jewish settlers.”±

””””"Sharon considers the Palestinians as a threat to their plans and projects, that's why they keep carrying out their killing operations and razing Palestinian-owned lands and houses," he added. Enditem

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