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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Oct. 26, 1995, V3, #194
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Arafat Sees a Palestinian State
By Victor Beattie (VOA-Washington)
PLO chairman Yasir Arafat says he expects to see an independent
Palestinian state within two years. He hopes elections for a
Palestinian council will be held in January after the withdrawal of
Israeli troops from West Bank populated areas.
Arafat says while an independent state is his objective he is not
excluding the possibility that an elected Palestinian council would
approve a confederal relationship with Jordan.
Arafat, in the US to mark the 50th anniversary of the United
Nations, says he is pleased by the second-stage agreement with
Israel on Palestinian Autonomy. He says the agreement, signed
Sept. 28 in Washington, will lead to an independent state.
The PLO leader says negotiations continue with Muslim extremists
opposed to the peace process, aimed at ending terror attacks on
Israeli targets, but he says no agreement has been reached.
Giuliani Throws Arafat Out from Party
By David Borgida (VOA-Washington)
The Clinton administration is expressing regret over a decision by
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to expel PLO Chairman Yasir
Arafat from a concert for world leaders Monday night. But it is
also saying the mayor had a right to decide who attends social
functions he sponsors.
Clinton spokesman Mike McCurry offers this official reaction to the
incident: "The whole episode was regrettable, but at the same time
we recognize that the mayor has a right to invite who he wishes to
receptions, just as the president had a right to invite Chairman
Arafat to his reception."
McCurry was referring to a Clinton reception on Sunday, held after
the president addressed the UN to mark its 50th anniversary.
Arafat was asked by aides to the mayor to leave a concert Giuliani
hosted Monday night. Giuliani --a former federal prosecutor who
investigated terrorist incidents linked to the PLO -- says he would
not invite Arafat to "anything, anywhere, anytime, any place."
Tuesday, a spokesman for the US Mission to the United Nations
called the incident "unfortunate in light of the constructive
role that Mr. Arafat has played in the Mideast peace process."
That spokesman did not cite the mayor's right to invite his own
guests - - but a White House official denies this was added by
Clinton spokesman McCurry for purely domestic political reasons.
Rabin on U.S. Jerusalem Decision: Keep Me Out of It!
By David Gollust (VOA-Washington)
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is visiting Washington amid
controversy between the Clinton administration and Congress over
the just-approved legislation to move the US Embassy in Israel to
Jerusalem. Rabin is treading a fine line as he tries to deal with
the issue. Mindful of Clinton administration opposition to the
embassy move, Rabin has given a muted welcome to the legislation
approved Tuesday by both houses of Congress aimed at forcing the
relocation by 1999.
Congress overwhelmingly approved the bill providing for the embassy
to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But the action has been
bitterly condemned by the Palestinians and Arab states. And even
some elements within Rabins' own Labor Party concede it could
complicate Middle East peace efforts.
At a Pentagon meeting with US Defense Secretary William Perry,
Rabin said he would welcome any country's embassy relocating to
Jerusalem -- but he made clear he wanted to stay out of the
partisan US debate.
"Every government of Israel no doubt after the Six-Day War of 1967
sees Jerusalem united as Israel's capital under our sovereignty.
This is our position regardless of what other countries or
governments think. We welcome any embassy of any government to
come to Jerusalem. But we are not involved in any domestic
arguments that exist in any country, especially in friendly
The Clinton administration strongly opposed the legislation on
grounds it would compromise the US as a Middle East honest broker.
The chief sponsor of the measure was Republican Senate leader and
presidential candidate Bob Dole.
The White House says Clinton will allow the bill to become law
because he does not have enough votes to sustain a veto.
However, officials say Clinton will invoke a loophole provision in
the measure allowing him to delay the embassy move by six-month
increments -- if he determines US security interests are threatened by
Israel and the Palestinians are to begin what are known as the
final status negotiations by May of next year. The talks will
cover -- along with Jerusalem -- the future of Jewish settlements
in the West Bank and Gaza, resettlement rights for Palestinian
refugees, and the question of Palestinian statehood.
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