New US peace plan on the Middle East has been criticized by the Washington European partners, and first of all by Great Britain. For the first time, a open controversy in Middle-Eastern settlement takes place between Tony Blair and Geroge Bush. Blair insists on the right of Palestinians to reelect Yasser Arafat for the leader of Palestinian Autonomy.
In the meanwhile, Bush still calls to dismissal of the Palestinian leader. Bush said that his government intended to stop financial support of Palestinian Autonomy, if Yasser Arafat is not replaced in the nearest future.
“We do not want to invest money in a corrupted state which supports terrorism. And I suppose that many other countries would share our position,” – Bush said.
The White House master was seriously excited and said that he had never excluded the possibility of military pressure upon Palestinian Autonomy, because any means are good enough for the campaign the US and its allies are carrying now. According to George Bush, dismissal of Arafat is a necessary step toward peace.
Dmitry Litvinovich PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Vera Solovieva
Read the original in Russian: http://pravda.ru/main/2002/06/27/43362.html
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