Arafat Says Barak Lacks will for Comprehensive Peace

Published June 15th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat said Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak lacked the will for "a just and comprehensive settlement to achieve peace." 

Speaking here following a meeting of more than three hours with US President Bill Clinton, Arafat said, "I just had very fruitful discussions. I have the deepest appreciation for the tireless efforts of President Clinton to ensure that the peace process goes forward. Our talks were important ones." 

However, he described as "an insult" a recent Israeli offer "to release only three (Palestinian) prisoners." 

"Barak until now doesn't have the will to reach a just and comprehensive settlement to achieve peace in the region," Arafat said, adding that "he Palestinian track is the main track of the peace process." -- WASHINGTON (AFP)  


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