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Egyptian Urges Arafat to Subdue Factions

Hoping to revive the stalled Middle East peace effort, an Egyptian government envoy met the embattled Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, here on Thursday and urged him to work with rival Palestinian factions to end attacks against Israel. “It is the duty of the people of the region and first of all us and you and the Arab people to take the decisions and measures from our side that will pave the road toward a better future,” said the envoy, Osama el-Baz, speaking briefly to reporters outside the sandbagged entrance to Mr. Arafat’s blasted West Bank headquarters. “We hope that Israel will do the same because the issue depends on the will of both sides.” Full Story

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