International terrorist Osama bin Laden has never helped the Palestinian people and only used their struggle as an excuse for his activities. This was said at a press conference in Abu Dhabi on Sunday by Palestinian Foreign Minister Farouk Qaddumi. He said: "We do not know Osama bin Laden. He never gave help to the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Palestinian people and never participated in their struggle for rights. On the contrary, he used the Palestinian problem as an excuse and cover for his activities." Qaddumi said that the Palestinian leadership condemns the September 11 terrorist acts and supports the international anti-terrorist effort.
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