Abbas gathers PA security chiefs to discuss possible hand over (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 01/27/05 18:43)
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Amid unconfirmed reports that Israel may hand over security control
over some West Bank cities to the Palestinian Authority, PA Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday met with the commanders of the Palestinian
security forces to discuss preparations for deploying policemen in
the areas that are expected to be delivered to the Palestinians.
At the meeting in Ramallah, which was attended by Prime Minister
Ahmed Qurei, Abbas instructed the security chiefs to be ready for
assuming control over some cities in the West Bank, a senior PA
official told The Jerusalem Post.
According to the official, Abbas instructed the security commanders
to come up with an urgent plan for enforcing law and order in the
cities, which include Ramallah, Nablus, Tulkarem and Hebron.
"He told them that he is determined to put an end to lawlessness and
chaos and that they must carry out their duties," he added.
The official expressed hope that the cities would be handed over to
the PA within the next few days, citing the success of the deployment
in the Gaza Strip in reducing the number of rocket attacks against
Meanwhile, Abbas told the London-based daily Asharq al-Awsat that he
is determined to wage a campaign against officials implicated in
financial corruption. "All those responsible for corruption or linked
to it will be held accountable," he said.
"There is one law for all and it will be implemented. Everyone will
be subjected to the law. No one will be above the law. I will ask the
attorney general to take the necessary measures in this regard."
He also vowed to put an end to the "chaos of weapons" in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip. "Only policemen and security personnel will be
allowed to carry weapons," he said. "We will also work towards
margining the security forces into three organizations."
Asked if he was planning to get rid of all of Yasser Arafat´s former
advisors and aides, Abbas said: "Thos of them who are good and are
capable of serving the people will stay." (© 1995-2005, The Jerusalem
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