The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on September 26, 1991 · Page 4
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A-4Vorld THE CINCINNATI I.NQUIRI K Thursday. September 26, 1991 TC Pressures mount for PLO's Arafat Warring factions, loss of allies hurt unity efforts i 4 , 1 v:: 1 "i : 1 1 most powerful, and Saudi Arabia, the richest. The Saudis halted their huge financial donations to the Palestine Liberation Organization, then told Arafat ! ' Factions labor to reconcile THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALGIERS, Algeria Leaders of the Palestinian parliament-in-exile labored Wednesday to reconcile moderate and hard-line views over terms of Palestinian participation in Middle East peace talks. After two days of impassioned speeches by Palestine National Council members, leading delegates were working on a final policy statement that will give the Palestine Liberation Organization authority to decide on Palestinian participation, said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a member of the PLO executive committee. The statement should be submitted to the full parliament Thursday, he said. BY WILLIAM C. MANN The Associated Press ALGIERS, Algeria For a quarter of a century, Yasser Arafat has lived at the center of the back-stabbing intrigues that characterize Middle Eastern politics. The wear is beginning to show. ShStSS Analysis that I will be relieved of my responsibility," a sad-eyed Arafat exhorted an early-morning session of the Palestine National Council, the PLO's legislature-in-exile, on Wednesday. "This job is a catastrophe." Speakers who followed Arafat ignored his plea, which was largely rhetorical. But the PLO chief finds himself increasingly under siege from within and without. The gulf war, in which he sided with Iraq, cost him most of his Arab friends, including Egypt, the tions, who are the driving force behind the uprising against Israel in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. PLO moderates grumble about Arafat's inability to rein in the radicals. No one dares suggest that the PLO would be better off without Arafat, its father figure and symbol. At Wednesday's session, Arafat interceded to calm quarreling members of a PLO faction last Sunday. "Don't you see how difficult these days are?" he asked. And the only thing that I have in my hand to challenge these pressures and difficulties is our Palestinian unity." The latest test of unity is Arafat's position that the PLO should allow Palestinians from the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip to attend a peace conference sponsored by the United States and Soviet Union. l f r Yasser Arafat lieutenants the money would be restored if the chairmanship changed hands. Arafat also lost his most valuable non-Arab friend in the demise of the Soviet Union as a superpower. A host of others evaporated when eastern Europe renounced communism. Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982 drove the PLO from strategic strongholds. Arafat's fighters were dispersed, leading him to denounce military action as policy. From within the PLO, he is under pressure from radical fac The Associated PressDave Caulkm Ex-British hostage Jack Mann and wife Sunnie arrive at Lyeham air base in England. Mann, 77, was released by Lebanese kidnappers Tuesday. Israel requests more information dealing because they have not provided the "irrefutable evidence" Israel demands about the fate of its seven missing men, three of whom have not been heard from since 1982. Jewish law requires hard evidence of death before a surviving spouse may remarry. When this country freed 51 Lebanese prisoners two weeks ago, Slonim said, it had expected to get more information than it did about Pvt. Yossi Fink and Capt. Ron Arad. The Israelis received word that another of their soldiers was dead, and they also received the remains of a fourth man, captured by Palestinian guerrillas in 1983 and killed. Fink is also presumed to have been killed. Arad, a navigator shot down over Lebanon five years ago is believed to be alive. THE NEW YORK TIMES JERUSALEM Israeli hostage negotiators said Wednesday that they were ready to free more Arab prisoners as part of a sweeping exchange of Middle East captives, but warned that nothing would happen until they get more information about Israeli servicemen missing in Lebanon. The Israelis are refusing to have the ball passed back to them in the complex hostage-release arrangements, even though some Shiite Muslim clergymen in Lebanon say it is Israel's turn. A British hostage, Jack Mann, was freed by his Lebanese kidnappers on Tuesday. Ori Slonim, a member of the Israeli negotiating team, accused Iran and Islamic groups under its patronage of bad-faith Sell it today with a classified ad in The Enquirer Call 421-6300 CLEARANCE SPEChALS Ask about our Guaranteed Lowest Prices r U KT. DIAMOND S,ZE DIAMOND PENDANTS GUARANTEED I L0EST PRICE I 6 STUD EARRINGS '11 ICL .8 CI7E GUARANTEED 13 ct. '175 a fi LOWEST PRICE SEVEN DIAMOND MARQUISE ANNIVERSARY BANDS $299-M999 a... . 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