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Palestinians Leaders Cancel Trip To See Arafat


8 November 2004 -- The head of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's office in Ramallah says three high-level Palestinian officials in the West Bank have canceled their trip to see Arafat in a hospital outside Paris.

Arafat aide Tayib Abd al-Rahim said the trip was cancelled because of critical comments made by Arafat's wife, Suha Arafat.

In media interviews early today, Suha Arafat objected to the visit and accused the Palestinian leaders of plotting against her husband and wanting to see him die.

"This is a call to the Palestinian people from Yasser Arafat's bedside," she said. "This is information for the honest people of Palestine. A group of revolutionaries are coming tomorrow [8 November] to Paris to bury Abu Ammar [Yasser Arafat] alive."

Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary-General Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie, and Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath had planned to make the trip to the military hospital outside the French capital today.

Al-Rahim said they are still trying to persuade the three leaders to make the trip to see Arafat, who reportedly slipped into a coma in the middle of last week while being treated for a mysterious blood disorder.

(AP/Reuters/AFP)
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