Palestinians agree to internationalise Arafat’s death probe




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By Xinhua/NAN

 Palestinians agreed with the Arab League to internationalise investigations the death circumstances former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Chief Palestinian Negotiator, Saeb Erekat, told Xinhua on Tuesday.

Erekat said in an interview with Xinhua in his office “the next expected moves include moving the file Arafat’s death to the UN and the Assembly.’’

He added “the file be taken to the International Criminal (ICC) at the Hague.’’ He said this was an agreement reached between the Palestinian leadership and the Arab League.

“It was also agreed in case the results test in the samples Arafat’s body are announced, the file be internationalised.”

Last week, the Qatari-based al-Jazeera TV  reported that Swiss scientists had found at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive polonium in the tested samples taken Arafat’s remains, adding that they were confident that Arafat was poisoned.

Swiss, Russian and French scientists opened Arafat’s grave and took samples his body year ago.

The results were announced in a 108-page report showing that Arafat’s death was not natural, and that he certainly died of being poisoned by radioactive polonium.

Mahmoud Abbas, who visited this week, discussed with the Egyptian and Arab leaders the possibilities of internationalising the file of Arafat’s death.

“It was agreed to send different security and medical committees to the Arab League in Cairo to debate the issue,”Erekat said.

Meanwhile, Erekat said that during his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, held in Amman, Abbas requested from the U.S. not to object the Palestinian decision turning to the to obtain an international resolution for investigating Arafat’s death.

He said that Kerry Abbas to help in this regard, adding that the Palestinian attitude to go to the international institutions “is not related to the Palestinian commitment not to refer to the international organisations during the nine-month period of the direct peace with Israel.’’

Arafat, the former of Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the Founder of Fatah Movement, died at the age of 75 years in a French hospital on November 11, 2004. (Xinhua/NAN)