Abbas urges Arab League to launch Arafat death probe

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas has requested an investigation into Yasser Arafat's death after test results announced last week on Arafat's remains show "unexpectedly high" traces of polonium-210.

Abbas urges Arab League to launch Arafat death probe

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas calls for an international investigation into the suspicious death in 2004 of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

At a Cairo meeting with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday evening, Abbas reiterated that an international team found that Arafat had been "poisoned," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told official Palestinian news agency Wafa following the meeting.

This comes after test results announced last week on Arafat's remains showed "unexpectedly high" traces of polonium-210, a highly radioactive substance, according to the Swiss scientists who carried out the tests.

Arafat, 75, died in France in 2004. At the time, doctors had been unable to determine the cause of death.

After his remains were exhumed in November 2012, tests conducted on his body by a team of Swiss experts last week revealed "unexpectedly high" traces of polonium-210, a highly radioactive substance.

Polonium is found in miniscule amounts in food and created naturally in the body, but can be fatal if ingested in high doses.

In September, Arab foreign ministers called for the formation of an international committee of experts to probe Arafat's death and take legal action in the event that foul play was detected.

On Saturday, Abbas arrived in Cairo for a three-day visit for talks with Egyptian officials on developments in the Palestinian territories and the outcome of Abbas' recent meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Following a three-year hiatus, the Palestinian Authority and Israel resumed peace talks in July in hopes of reaching a comprehensive final-status agreement.

Last Mod: 11 Kasım 2013, 11:43
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