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Powell Had Tough Talk for Arafat

April 17, 2002

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When Secretary of State Colin Powell left on his Mideast peace mission, U.S. officials said he was carrying a message that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had one last chance to renounce violence, or President Bush would be done with him.

By the time Powell’s mission ended Wednesday without a cease-fire, such talk had vanished.

At a news conference, Powell said of Arafat: ``He holds the office of the presidency of the Palestinian Authority. So whether one approves of that or disapproves it, or likes it or doesn’t like it, it’s a reality.″

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