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Powell to Meet With Arafat Sunday

April 13, 2002

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Struggling to sustain his Mideast peace mission, Secretary of State Colin Powell on Saturday demanded restraint from Israeli forces on the West Bank and prepared for talks with Yasser Arafat after the Palestinian leader met a U.S. call to condemn terrorism.

Powell decided to go ahead Sunday with the postponed meeting because the Palestinian leader’s statement included ``positive elements,″ State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

He cited Arafat’s denunciation of all terrorist acts against Israel and Palestinian civilians; a strong condemnation of Friday’s bombing in Jerusalem; a call to start immediate implementation of two U.S.-backed cease-fire; and peace proposals and ``a reaffirmation of the Palestinian commitment to a negotiated peace.″

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