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    Arafat file fails to halt rumours
    Yasser Arafat's nephew has said the late Palestinian leader's medical file will not allay suspicions that he may have died of "unnatural causes".

    Nasser al-Kidwa said French doctors had been unable to rule out poisoning, even though they had not found traces of "any poison known to them".

    Mr Kidwa made his remarks after handing over the 558-page file to Palestinian officials in Ramallah on Saturday.

    Arab doctors are to study the dossier to try to determine the cause of death.

    Yasser Arafat died in a Paris hospital last month.


    "Examinations of X-rays and all imaginable tests... are still with the same results, the inability of reaching a clear diagnosis," Mr Kidwa told a news conference in Ramallah, the Associated Press news agency reports.

    "That is precisely the reason why suspicions are there, because without a reason you cannot escape the other possibility... that there is unnatural cause for the death."

    French officials have said that judicial authorities would have acted had they suspected wrongdoing.

    Mr Kidwa received Arafat's dossier from French medical officials last month.

    Continued speculation over Arafat's death is likely to cast a shadow over efforts to arrange his succession and renew dialogue with Israel, correspondents say.

    Mr Kidwa said Palestinian officials would pursue their investigation until they reached a clear conclusion, and vowed to make the diagnosis public.

    "This file should remain open until the Palestinian people find out the truth," he said.
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    Published: 2004/12/11 15:06:24 GMT

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