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UN Radio: Annan Urges Israel To Not Expel Arafat

UN Radio: Annan Urges Israel To Not Expel Arafat

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    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly urged the Israeli government to reconsider its decision in principle to expel Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. In a statement the Secretary-General said the forcible transfer of Chairman Arafat was dangerous and counter-productive in a situation of tension and instability in the region. UN spokesman Fred Eckhard:

    "The Secretary-General notes that the trend of developments in the Israeli Palestinian conflict in recent weeks has been increasingly grim. He urges both sides to live up to their responsibilities under the Quartet's Road Map and to exercise utmost restraint and statesmanship."

    The Road Map is a plan to resolve the Israeli Palestinian conflict, leading to the creation of a Palestinian state.

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