Sharon: No plans to deport Arafat
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in an interview published Friday in Germany that his cabinet had no plans to expel Yasser Arafat, but that if the latter leaves the West Bank himself he may not be allowed back in.
"I don't envisage expelling Yasser Arafat," Sharon told the Bild daily newspaper. The Palestinian leader "has the right to travel freely," but that doesn't mean "that he would be able to return to Ramallah," where his headquarters are based, the Israel PM added.
Sharon conveyed said that Arafat preferred to remain in Ramallah to protect "terrorist leaders" notably the head of his presidential guard. (Albawaba.com)
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