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Palestinians try to play down damaging row with UN

The Palestinians played down a damaging row with the United Nations after declaring its Middle East envoy persona non grata, casting a cloud over an upcoming General Assembly debate on Israel’s “illegal” West Bank barrier. A day after veteran leader Yasser Arafat’s top aide said Terje Roed-Larsen was “not welcome” in the occupied territories, a senior official insisted the envoy was still free to talk with Palestinians. “There has been no formal decision to boycott Roed-Larsen,” Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei’s chief of staff, Hassan Abu Libdeh, told AFP. Roed-Larsen has previously been something of a bete noire for the Israelis over his outspoken criticism of the occupation of the territories. Full Story

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