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Arafat Willing to Enter Peace Talks

Following an Israeli offer, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said Sunday he is ready for peace talks, while about 6,000 Palestinians returned to jobs in Israel for the first time in a month. In an abrupt turnaround last week, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said contacts were already underway with Palestinian officials, adding, “We are ready to enter negotiations at any time.” Sharon had previously conditioned talks on a crackdown on violent Palestinian groups responsible for attacks on Israelis. Asked about Sharon’s remarks, Arafat told reporters he would accept an offer for talks. “There is no official communication, but we are ready,” he said after meeting a delegation of Greek lawmakers at his headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Full Story

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