Yasser Arafat, the head of the Palestinian National Authority, has proposed that US, EU and Russian representatives take part in the investigation into the scandal concerning the vessel which had been allegedly transporting weapons for Palestinians. This statement was made public on Wednesday by the UAE-published al-Khalij newspaper. The Palestinian leader claims that the whole story has been falsified by the Israelis in order to distract international community from the Israeli aggression against Palestine. "I want the international community to think of how a vessel with 50 tons of weapons aboard could reach the Gaza coast," Arafat stated. "Israeli ships control coastal waters and there are no Palestinian ports in the nearby. How could this vessel deliver its freight when the whole of the Palestinian coast is blocked by Palestinian units?" Arafat wonders. The vessel with weapons aboard was intercepted by the Israelis in the Red Sea on January 4th. The Israeli side claims that the owner of the freight was Palestine.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987