Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Yasser Arafat Addresses the European Parliament

On this day, Yasser Arafat, the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, addressed members of the European Parliament. Contrary to speculations, Arafat did not announce the formation of a Palestinian provisional government.Arafat did say, however, that only the Palestine National Council could take such action. The council, a sort of parliament in exile, is composed of about 500 Palestinian representatives.In a historical moment, Arafat said he accepted UN Resolutions 242 and 338. The resolutions call for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the occupied territories and the recognition by Arab states of Israel's right to exist. Read full story

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