DFLP Calls on Arafat to Leave Negotiations
The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) Monday called on PLO President Yasser Arafat to leave the Camp David summit, saying the US-brokered talks were biased toward Israel.
"Our delegate Taysir Khaled, who is among the delegates supervising the negotiations at Camp David, is expected tonight in Ramallah. He left to protest against the Americans' interference and against their policy of using double standards," said Ali Badwan, a spokesman for the group.
"Yasser Arafat must leave the Camp David negotiations, where Israeli-American pressure is being applied," he said.
"The Americans want to make the Palestinians give more concessions, accepting that Israel annex (land) and strike out the refugee issue. They want to bring about a breakthrough in negotiations at the expense of Palestinians' national rights," Badwan said.
"These negotiations are a mascarade and show how hostile the United States is to the Palestinians' rights," said the Damascus-based group.
The DFLP's remarks came the same day that Hamas also said Arafat should leave the Camp David talks.
Hamas calling on the Palestinians to "come back to the trenches of resistance" and use jihad, or holy war, against Israel.
Arafat has been meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak since July 11th at the US presidential retreat with the goal of reaching a comprehensive peace accord before the self-imposed September 13 deadline.
No breakthroughs have been reported so far, and many fear that violence will erupt if no agreement is reached - RAMALLAH (AFP)
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