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France is prepared to welcome Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat but believes that such a visit would have meaning only if it helps the peace process, Foreign Minister Jean Francois-Poncet said at a meeting-Saturday with the foreign press. He added that the possibility of an official visit to France by Arafat is not being considered at this time. He said, however, that no just and lasting solution can be found without the PLO presence at the peace negotiating table. The Minster’s statement merely postponed the French government’s decision on an official visit by Arafat without ruling out the eventuality.

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