AP Initiative Committee Approves Probe into Arafat’s Death

Doha, July 22 (QNA) – The Arab Peace Initiative Committee approved during its meeting in Doha tonight the Palestinian proposal to form an international commission
 to investigate into the death of President Yasser Arafat, Dr. Saeb Erekat, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s chief negotiator told reporters here.
 Palestinian Authority (PA)President Mahmoud Abbas suggested to form an international commission to investigate into the death of former President Arafat following the new evidence revealed in the Al Jazeera report, explained Dr. Erekat.
 Arab League Secretary General, Dr. Nabil al-Arabi will be charged with preparing the full file at the criminal, medical, political and judicial levels, the Palestinian official added.
 Dr. al-Arabi will follow-up the file ‘in person’ with full support of the Palestinian side, he said.  

Dr. Erekat called for a UN Security Council resolution to form an a ‘highly credible’ international inquiry commission on Arafat’s death, underlining Palestine’s bid for a UN investigation into Israeli war crimes.
 President Abbas also briefed the participants at the meeting about the latest developments of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations and the UN bid for Palestinian state, he explained.
 The negotiations with the Palestinian side have come to a ‘dead-end’ since the Israeli government refuses to halt settlement activity and release prisoners, Dr. Erekat quoted Abbas as saying during the meeting.  
 The PA is conducting negotiations with the international community on the Palestinian bid for UN statehood, which will be reported back during the Arab League’s meeting on Sept. 5 and 6.
 The meeting also dealt with the Palestinian reconciliation and Hamas’ decision to temporarily stop the Central Election Commission (CEC) in Gaza from registering new voters, he added.
 Participants have unanimously agreed to implement the Palestinian internal reconciliation agreements reached in Cairo and Doha under the auspices of the Arab Republic of Egypt, added Dr. Erekat.
 The meeting also discussed the Palestinian Authority’s financial situation, he said, expressing thanks for the donor countries, which fulfilled their financial obligations towards the PNA.
   On the activation of the Palestinian reconciliation pact, Dr. Erekat  underlined the ongoing efforts being led by the Egyptian government in this regard, referring to the meeting between Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and his Palestinian counterpart in Cairo last week. (QNA)

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