Opposition Warns Arafat Concessions to Israel will Lead to Civil War

Published June 10th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

About 100 Palestinians, mainly opposition leaders and officials, warned Palestinian president Yasser Arafat Friday that any concessions to Israel will lead to a civil war. 

In a statement received by AFP in Nicosia, the 100 called on Arafat "to reject US and Israeli pressure and not to sign (any accord) that includes concessions, in order to prevent a civil war" in the Palestinian territories. 

The statement came as the Palestinian Authority and a US State Department official said Palestinian-Israeli negotiations will resume Monday in the Washington area. 

The signatories said they opposed "any concession on Palestinian refugees' right of return (whether it be) by postponing the issue, settlement (in their host countries) or a symbolic return in the name of the family group." 

They also warned "we will not recognize any interim or permanent agreement making concessions on a total withdrawal from all of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem." 

The signatories included the secretaries general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Nayef Hawatmeh and George Habash.  

Other signatories included members of the Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization - NICOSIA (AFP) 


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