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Joint task force to reform Palestinian Authority
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Friday, 19 July 2002
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The so-called Quartet powers, meeting in New York, established a joint task force to help reform the PA, and continued discussions on the precise future role of PA leader Yassir Arafat -- with the US reluctantly allowing for the possibility that he could remain as a figurehead leader in a new government. In other news, Ali Shaath, the PAs deputy minister of planning and international cooperation, said that the Palestinian economy had suffered up to $800 million in damage caused by the conflict with Israel. World Bank estimates put the overall cost of damage at $305 million.
 
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