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Arafat asks militant groups to ban UN envoy from territories
By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent, and The Associated Press
Top advisors to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has called on militant groups to ban the United Nations senior envoy to the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, from entering the Palestinian territories or meeting Palestinian officials, militant leaders said Friday.
The call was the latest response by the PA to a briefing Tuesday to the Security Council, in which Larsen accused Arafat of causing the failure of attempts by Egypt and the international community to implement reforms in the PA security establishment.
A spokesman for the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group with ties to Arafat's ruling Fatah movement, said on condition of anonymity that Arafat aides asked the group to release a statement on conjunction with Islamic Jihad barring Larsen from the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Palestinian officials were infuriated earlier this week when Roed-Larsen - long considered close to Arafat and sympathetic to the Palestinian cause - said at a UN Security Council briefing that Arafat was blocking vital reforms within the Palestinian Authority and accused him of hindering peace moves.
"People in Arafat's office called us and told us that Larsen's statements are just another part of the conspiracy to delegitimize Arafat," said the Al-Aqsa spokesman.
"They told us Larsen is now with Israel and America... They asked us to intervene to stop him in his tracks," he said.
The joint statement said Roed-Larsen is also forbidden to meet with Palestinian officials, including Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia.
Roed-Larsen could not immediately be reached for comment.
On Tuesday, the Palestinian observer in the UN, Nasser al-Kidwa, distributed an internal document that included an unbridled attack on Larsen.
On hearing that Arafat had declared Larsen unwelcome in the PA, U.S. ambassador to the UN John Danforth telephoned the Security Council, asking, "What does it mean? That the UN designated person dealing with the Middle East and representative with respect to the Quartet is persona non grata?"
The deputy head of Israel's UN mission, Arieh Mekel, told Haaretz that, "Al-Kidwa is used to the UN automatically taking the Palestinian position and it's difficult for him to accept balanced statements such as those included in Larsen's briefing."