Arafat Agrees to Appoint Security Chief

(New York Times) After weeks of prodding, the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, has agreed to appoint an interior minister to take charge of security for the PA, Israeli and American officials said Thursday. The pending appointment of Taid Abdul Rahim for the post, and Arafat's agreement to consolidate a dozen armed groups into three divisions for the police, military, and intelligence under Rahim's control, appears to satisfy Israeli and Egyptian requirements for the Palestinians to take charge of security after Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip by September 2005.

2004-06-25 00:00:00

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