Palestinians due in Paris to demand Arafat’s file

17th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 17 (AFP) - A Palestinian delegation is to head to Paris in the coming days to ask the French authorities for the medical report into the death of Yasser Arafat, officials said Wednesday.

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 17 (AFP) - A Palestinian delegation is to head to Paris in the coming days to ask the French authorities for the medical report into the death of Yasser Arafat, officials said Wednesday.

Prime minister Ahmed Qorei asked France earlier in the week to provide him with a file detailing the cause of death that has been the subject of intense speculation.

To date, French officials have said that Arafat's medical file can be released upon demand to "eligible parties", such as his family.

"A Palestinian delegation is going to France to ask the French government to hand over the medical report about the real reason for Arafat's death," Arafat's senior advisor Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP in Ramallah.

Abu Rudeina did not give exact details of the make-up of the delegation nor its timetable but added that it would head to France "very soon."

Rawhi Fattuh, acting president of the Palestinian Authority in the aftermath of Arafat's death, also revealed that a new ministerial committee had been established to investigate the cause of death.

Fattuh confirmed to reporters here that "we are still awaiting an answer from Paris" over the request for Arafat's file.

Arafat died in a French military hospital last Thursday at the age of 75 after sinking into a coma. The Arab world has been abuzz with suspicions that he was poisoned, with many conspiracy theorists pointing the finger at Israel.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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