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Arafat tries to persuade Palestinian PM to retract resignation

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat tried to persuade his premier to reverse a decision to quit as at least 18 people were wounded during protests against the appointment of his nephew as head of the main security service. Arafat and prime minister Ahmed Qorei held four hours of talks at the veteran leader’s headquarters in this West Bank city in a bid to resolve a damaging political crisis sparked when the premier tendered his resignation on Saturday after an unprecedented spate of kidnappings in the Gaza Strip. Arafat did not emerge from his offices while Qorei made no comment to reporters. But negotiations minister Saeb Erakat, who attended the talks, confirmed that Qorei was still in his position but the two men had not reached agreement. Full Story

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