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"As is" reference - not a United Nations document

Source: United States of America
5 April 2004


White House Report, April 5: Iraq, 9/11 Commission, Powell, Israel

June 30 deadline, Bush/Cheney meet with 9/11 panel, Sharon statement on Arafat, Powell on intelligence

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WHITE HOUSE RESPONDS TO SHARON'S STATEMENT ON ARAFAT

White House spokesman Scott McClellan responded to a recent statement by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon purportedly backing away from a pledge he made to President Bush guaranteeing his personal protection to Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat.

"Our views are very well known to Prime Minister Sharon. We have made it clear that sending him [Arafat] into exile or otherwise dealing with him is not part of the solution to the situation in the Middle East," McClellan said.

According to news reports, Sharon stated April 5 that he would no longer vouch for Arafat's personal safety. This would mark a shift from a pledge he made about Arafat's safety to President Bush in March 2002.

"So we've made our views very clear to Prime Minister Sharon, and he's very well aware of what our view is," the spokesman said.

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