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Sinn Féin TDs offer condolences to Palestinian people on death of Yasser Arafat

11 November, 2004


Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, today ffered his sympathy not only to the family and friends of Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat on his death but to the Palestinian people on the loss of an inspirational and dedicated leader of the Palestinian cause.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Today is a very sad and difficult day for the family and friends of Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat. It is also a very sad and difficult day for the Palestinian people who have lost an inspirational and dedicated leader of the Palestinian cause. I would like to offer my sincere condolences on behalf of the Sinn Féin TDs in Leinster House to his family, friends and comrades and to the Palestinian people.

"Yasser Arafat and his PLO were an inspiration to freedom fighters throughout the world. Their determination and resolve in the face of overwhelming odds gave encouragement to others around the world who were also involved in similar struggles for national self-determination.

"When efforts to secure a lasting peace between the peoples of Palestine and Israel began Yasser Arafat and the PLO were not found wanting. That he didn't live long enough to see the full establishment of a truly independent Palestinian state is regrettable, but his legacy must be built upon and the international community has a crucial role to play in turning his dreams and aspirations and the dreams and aspirations of the Palestinian people in to reality." ENDS

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