Arafat Compares "Israel Occupation" to Kosovo.
PLO Authority Chief Yasir Arafat has stated the continued "Israel occupation" of areas throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza may be compared to the current situation in Kosovo. According to a WAFA News Agency report, the PA leader made the statements in an address to the PA cabinet in Ramallah Friday.
Arafat called upon the international community to take action as it did to end the persecution of the Albanians and to continue to take action until Israel is forced to bring an end to its occupation.
Senior PA negotiator Saeb Erekat stated that Arafat did not mean to compare the situation between Israel and the PA to Kosovo, but added that the situation regarding the Albanians has caused US envoys to focus their attention elsewhere, at the expense of the Oslo process.
Erekat issued a call to the White House for the immediate resumption of the Oslo process. He also called upon Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak to immediately implement the Wye memorandum and rejected calls by Barak to move directly to the final status talks.