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Casting aside all pretense of a UN diplomatic cover (Kofi Annan), the US today admitted that IT arranged the canceling of the UN Jenin investigation. The behind the scenes US scheme bartered Arafat's "freedom" for squashing the United Nations Security Council authorized Jenin investigation. - Bob Allen Campaign to End the Sanctions >From today's NYTimes. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/03/international/middleeast/03POLI.html?pagewan ted=print Selected quotes: Administration officials made it clear that he (President Bush) considered Israel's acceptance of an American-brokered deal to release Yasir Arafat from confinement in his Ramallah compound a more important development toward restarting peace talks than action on Jenin. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel announced acceptance of that deal on Sunday, even as he rejected the United Nations mission. Both Israeli and American officials denied any quid pro quo linking the decisions on Ramallah and the Jenin mission, but both sides acknowledged that the other was aware of the implicit connection." In fact, they said, Mr. Bush had not mentioned Jenin in his telephone call to Mr. Sharon on Saturday when he proposed that Israel release Mr. Arafat in exchange for having British and American wardens oversee six Palestinian prisoners wanted by Israel and held in Mr. Arafat's compound. "It's never that overt," one Israeli official said. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk