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ARAFAT GESTICULATES THEN CAVES
ARAFAT STORMS OUT WITH ALBRIGHT CHASING!
PARIS (Reuters - October 4) - Palestinian President Yasser Arafat angrily stormed out of Middle East peace talks in Paris on Wednesday but was persuaded to return by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright running after him, witnesses said.
Arafat, who met Albright and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for several hours late on Wednesday, rushed out of the U.S. ambassador's residence and jumped into his car shouting ''This is humiliation. I cannot accept it!''
Albright, like Arafat clearly audible over a portable telephone on which a Palestinian negotiator was talking to a Reuters corespondent, ran out after him shouting to residence guards: ``Shut the gates! Shut the gates!''
Once the gates to the courtyard of the elegant residence in central Paris were closed, Arafat got out of his car and returned to the residence for another meeting with Barak and Albright, the Palestinian negotiator said.
CIA Director George Tenet, who has been proposed as an American mediator at any review of the violence that has claimed 60 lives -- mostly Palestinians and Israeli Arabs -- in the past six days, also attended the meeting, he said.
Asked about the walkout, U.S. officials had no comment while an Israeli
official only said that the delegations had split up for consultations.
AGREEMENT REACHED! YEH, RIGHT!
PARIS (AFP - 4 Oct)- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat have reached
an agreement to end seven days of violence in the Palestinian territories and Israel, an Israeli official said late Wednesday.
Under the deal, the Palestinians undertook not to allow protesters to
approach three sensitive points at
Ramallah, Nablus and Netzarim in the Gaza Strip, where there have been serious clashes, the official
The Israelis said they would withdraw heavy weaponry from the Netzarium
junction and around the Jewish holy
place of Joseph's tomb in Nablus, and promised to ensure that strict regulations were followed before security forces were authorised to open fire on protesters.
In addition, a security assessment would be carried out overnight by Israel and Palestinian officials in conjunction with the US Central Intelligence Agency, the official said.
The agreement was to be initialled Wednesday night in Paris, and probably signed at a meeting in the Egyptian town of Sharm el-Sheick on Thursday.
"Israel is waiting for the violence to stop before signing the agreement fully in Egypt tomorrow (Thursday)," the Israeli official said.
A Palestinian demand for an international of enquiry on the violence
had not been agreed on, he said.
SYRIAN STUDENTS STONE U.S. EMBASSY
DAMASCUS, Oct 4 (AFP) - Hundreds of Syrian students stoned the US embassy in Damascus Wednesday, breaking windows and burning Israeli flags, an AFP correspondent witnessed.
One demonstrator climbed a five metre (15-foot) high fence surrounding the building and pulled down a US flag. He was pursued by police who prevented him from throwing himself off a roof with the flag in his arms.
Police intervened with clubs and a dozen demonstrators were hurt. Policemen
were also seen with blood on their faces after being hit by stones.
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