NEWS AND EVENTS
November 12, 2004
ISLAM KARIMOV EXTENDS CONDOLENCES TO PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov sent condolences to secretary general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization executive committee Mahmud Abbas in connection with death of the head of the Palestinian Autonomy Yasser Arafat.
He also extended condolences to acting head of the Palestinian Autonomy, chairman of the Legislative Council Ruhi Fattuh.
?Bright memory of Yasser Arafat as distinguished political figure not only in Arab and Islamic world, but in the whole world will always remain in our hearts,? the President?s message read.
?May Allah give patience to family members, close ones and colleagues of Yasser Arafat, as well as to the government and friendly people of Palestine,? Islam Karimov wrote.
Arafat, who survived several assassination attempts over the years, as well as a helicopter crash, had been in failing health for some time when his conditioned worsened in October 2004.
Israel agreed to allow him to be transferred to a hospital in Paris on October 29 where his wife stayed by his side.
He died on 11 November, at age of 75.