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Palestinian ambassador to Russia speaks on Arafat's death, Syria, Israel

October 30, 2013, 14:13 UTC+3

Ambassador Fayed Mustafa spoke for peaceful resolution of Middle Eastern crisis

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Artyom Korotaev

Photo ITAR-TASS/Artyom Korotaev

MOSCOW, October 30 (Itar-Tass) - Experts will end an inquiry into the causes of the death of PLO ex-leader Yasser Arafat soon, Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Fayed Mustafa said.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Arafat said the results would be made public.

“International experts are planning to submit the results of the inquiry to corresponding Palestinian committees,” the ambassador said.

“Wherever results will be we’ll go to the mat in this aspect,” he said.

“If experts confirm that Arafat was poisoned with polonium, this will be of no small importance. He is a global figure,” Mustafa said.

Arafat died at the age of 75 at Percy military hospital on November 11, 2004. The circumstances of his death have not been clarified yet. French doctors say he died of a massive stroke caused by an infection.

A decision to open the grave was taken at the request of his wife due to reports saying Arafat could be poisoned with polonium 210. The remnants of Arafat were exhumed on November 27, 2011.

Syrian conflict

No crisis in the Middle East should be settled by force, Palestinian ambassador to Russia Fayed Mustafa said.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, the Palestinian ambassador said the Geneva II Conference could help settle the Syrian conflict.

“We voice concern about the processes in the region. Military means are impossible to resolve the conflict,” he said.

“We hope that the Geneva II Conference will take place. We’re sure that it will help settle the crisis,” Mustafa added.

Talks with Israel

Palestine is dissatisfied with the pace of talks with Israel, Palestinian Ambassador in Moscow Fayed Mustafa said.

Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Mustafa said: “We’re dissatisfied with the pace of talks with Israel. There are certain doubts about Israel’s serious intention.”

“Palestine has serious intentions while starting talks with Israel. We’re ready to sign an agreement if all problems are solved in compliance with international law,” the ambassador said, adding, “Till now no sensible agreements have been reached yet.”

“Benjamin Netanyahu said united Jerusalem would remain Israel’s eternal capital. Can this statement prove serious intentions?” the Palestinian diplomat said.

At the same time, he said, “The talks continue. We hope that they will facilitate the settlement of disagreements.”

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