Arafat Accepts Resignation of Abbas: June 6 declaration of Palestinian State now seen as "exercise in futility"
6 September 2003
Arafat accepts resignation of Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen)as Palestinian prime minister Saturday. Sharon may have to postpone his long-planned India visit Monday over fresh crisis.
100 days in office, Abbas concedes lost battle for powers to fight terror and
lead peace talks which Arafat usurped. US and Israel refuse to deal with Arafat
or his representatives. DEBKAfile has reported consistently that Abbas had no
chance against Arafat and June 6 Aqaba summit was exercise in futility