Δευτέρα, 27 Ιουλίου 2009

PLO official stands by Abbas claim


Farouk Kaddoumi, a Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) official, has told Al Jazeera he stands by documents that he says show that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, was involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Yasser Arafat, his predecessor. Abbas's Fatah party has dismissed Kaddoumi's claim that Abbas had in a meeting with Ariel Sharon, the ex-Israeli prime minister, discussed Arafat's killing.
Kaddoumi, the head of the political department of the PLO and the second-most senior leader of Fatah, first levelled the allegations on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, he defended his charge and said: "I have not made accusations against anyone, but I have meeting transcripts which accuse people … Transcripts of meetings between Sharon, Abu Mazen [Abbas], and [former Palestinian security adviser Mohammed] Dahlan.
"I have not accused anyone. I just offered a document. If the document, as they claim, has no basis, they are welcome to prove their point.
"However, I strongly believe that the document is an original one and all information included in it is correct. And, since 2004 until today, the actions of some members of the Palestinian Authority have definitely proven to me that these issues are correct."Arafat died in a Paris hospital in November 2004 after falling into a coma...
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