Arafat Expected to Meet De Cuellar

United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar will meet Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat in Geneva next month, the UN office here announced. De Cuellar will be attending the opening of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) conference early in July and will also be here for the conference on African refugees which opens July 20.

It is not known which of the two meetings will be attended by Arafat. He was in Rome last week for the funeral of Italian Communist Party leader Enrico Berlinguer and used the occasion for meetings with the Italian President, Sandro Pertini and Foreign Minister Giulio Andreotti. He also reportedly sought another meeting with Pope John Paul II but the latter was in Switzerland at the time on an apostolic visit which included a meeting with representatives of the Swiss Jewish community. Arafat made the front pages of Rome newspapers when he was photographed wearing his Colt handgun. II Giornale Nuovo remarked that he is “the only terrorist in Italy who is licensed to bear arms.”

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