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U.S. vetoes U.N.'s plan for Arafat Resolution would have safeguarded Arab leader

The United States on Tuesday vetoed a Security Council resolution demanding that Israel not harm or deport Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The veto raised the ire of Arab and Muslim nations just as Washington is seeking their help in Iraq. Eleven of the Security Council’s 15 members supported the measure, while three — Britain, Bulgaria and Germany — abstained. But the United States used the veto power it has as one of the council’s five permanent members, saying the measure did not sufficiently call for an end to terrorism by specific Palestinian groups. ”We will not support any resolution that evades the explicit threat to Middle East peace process posed by Hamas and other such terrorist groups,” U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said. Full Story

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