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Official urges PNA to probe the reality of Arafat's death
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08:52, August 06, 2009

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A former aide of late Fatah leader Yasser Arafat on Wednesday accused the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) of ignoring the probes to know who was behind the death of Arafat.

Bassam Abu Sharif, a former advisor to Arafat told a news conference held in Ramallah that Arafat died in France when Jacque Chirac was the president. Sharif hinted that the former French president knows the real reason behind the death of Arafat.

Arafat died of a mysterious disease in a French hospital on Nov.11, 2004. The Palestinians accused Israel of poisoning him through food, drinks or medicines that he received when he was under siege into al-Muqata'a, the headquarters of PNA in Ramallah.

"There is a real nonfeasance in having a real and serious probe and get to the truth that everyone is eager to know," said Abu Sharif, who called on Fatah party to immediately form an inquiry committee to investigate Arafat's death.

One of the activities of Fatah party's congress held in Bethlehem is to form a committee to probe the real circumstances behind the death of Arafat. The congress began Tuesday in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

"I'm ready to supply any inquiry committee with all needed answers related to the circumstances of assassinating Yasser Arafat," said Abu Sharif, who called for carrying out immediate actions.

Meanwhile, responding to critics from his own movement, Abbas promised that the PNA will continue searching for reasons behind the death of late president and Fatah founder Yasser Arafat.

"We will continue contacts with Arab and foreign countries to reach the fact over his death," Abbas said at the opening ceremony of Fatah congress in the Biblical holy city of Bethlehem.

Source: Xinhua

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