US unable to assure safe return for Arafat

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 20 Feb 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Palestinian President Yasser Arafat will not attend the 13th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit as Israel and its main ally, the United States, cannot guarantee his safe return, Palestine Ambassador to Malaysia Ahmad AlFarra said. 

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad had contacted the US government, calling on Washington to ensure that Arafat could attend the summit, but there had been no response, he said yesterday. 

AlFarra said Arafat was very keen to attend but his coming here was hampered by the uncertainties of his safe return to Palestine. – Bernama  

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