You know, there's not much to say about this except ... it would be nice if people could all actually find a page to be on. Or a group of pages. Maybe just two or three of them. Or even agree on the name of the script.
Israel Proposes Exile for Arafat Amid Fighting: Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Tuesday he has proposed that European Union envoy Miguel Moratinos or other diplomats fly Arafat into exile, raising the idea in public for the first time. "I told him (Moratinos), if they would like, they will fly with a helicopter and will take him (Arafat) from here," Sharon said during a tour of West Bank army bases, in remarks carried by Israel Radio. Arafat "will not be able to return." Sharon said such a step would require Cabinet approval.
European sources say that, after negotiations with a number of countries, Morocco has agreed to a US request to provide asylum for Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat if he is forced to leave the PA territories, The Jerusalem Post's Douglas Davis reports from London. However, the Moroccans -- and Israel -- are said to be balking at Arafat's demands that he be allowed to take some 70 people with him, including terrorists wanted by Israel. Unconfirmed reports say the negotiations were conducted personally by US Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Yes, I should think they would be unconfirmed, at the least.
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has dismissed Israeli suggestions that Palestinian President Yasser Arafat should be forced into exile and says he expects Israel's incursion into the West Bank city of Ramallah to last a couple of weeks. Powell, in a round of interviews on morning U.S. television shows, said Arafat had an important role to play in the Middle East peace process and should not be forced out of Ramallah, a suggestion made by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Morocco, rumoured as a possible destination for the Palestinian leader, was equally adamant in its denial that it had been asked to give refuge to Mr Arafat. "We have not received any request and it is a request that can only be made by the Palestinian leadership," said a senior official. "Sharon has been trying to get rid of Arafat from the start and now he wants to force him to leave."Posted by iain at April 02, 2002 12:49 PM