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Middle East
EU’s Solana grows a spine?
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana called Arafat following the attack Wednesday. Solana’s spokeswoman Cristina Gallach said the message was "condolences and emotion won’t do, we need action." EU leaders in a summit meeting Thursday and Friday were expected to release an unusually tough statement condemning the attack and demanding action by the Palestinian authorities. Officials said the EU wants Arafat to "deliver on security" or hand over control of the security forces to the government led by Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei.
Yeah. Right. That'll happen.
"I realize that Arafat is very sorry, but he has to change the system," said Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller. "It’s not good enough."
(Not by a damn sight...)
Meanwhile, the former American envoy to the Middle East, Dennis Ross, told the U.S. Senate that the fact that an American vehicle had been hit was not an accident, and that the bombing was likely carried out with assistance from Hezbollah and Hamas, Army Radio reported Thursday. Ross also said that Arafat must now consider that Washington would give Israel a green light to expel him from the territories, the radio said. But Jibril Rajoub dismissed any suggestion that Arafat ought to be worried, telling the interviewer, "I recommend that you not speak nonsense."
(And I reccomend you purchase a really good vest for Yasser, pal.)
Posted by:mojo

#1  "...expel him from the territories..."

Just leaving him in place (at room temperature, of course) works better for me.
Posted by: PBMcL   2003-10-17 11:08:15 PM