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Barak Agrees To Withdraw Armament

October 4, 2000

PARIS (AP) _ Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, in a move to quell violence that has claimed more than 60 lives, agreed in a joint meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to withdraw Israeli armaments from the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli officials said Wednesday.

The agreement, to be initialed under the supervision of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright after lengthy three-way talks, marks a step toward dispelling mistrust that has imperiled already shaky peacemaking efforts between Israel and the Palestinians.

The officials, speaking after condition of anonymity, said talks would be continued Thursday in Egypt, with the participation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The agreement came after Arafat briefly stormed out of the meeting Wednesday, returning only after Albright persuaded him to do so.

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