Arafat: Palestinian State to be Declared 'in a few Weeks'

Published June 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A Palestinian state will be declared "in a few weeks", Palestinian president Yasser Arafat said in a speech Sunday in the West Bank town of Nablus. 

"The Palestinian state will be proclaimed in a few weeks", he told thousands of supporters of his Fatah faction, the mainstream of the PLO. 

"The coming weeks will be crucial," he added in a speech at a local school. 

Arafat has said several times that he will declare a Palestinian state before the end of the year, with or without a final peace deal with Israel, but without giving even an approximate date. 

A final accord, covering such issues as the status of Jerusalem, the borders of a future Palestinian state, the future of 3.5 million Palestinian refugees and the question of Jewish settlements, is scheduled to be reached by September 13th - NABLUS (AFP) 

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