PLO chief Yasser Arafat concluded an unprecedented official visit to France with an appeal to the United States to devise a plan for elections in the Israeli-occupied territories similar to a U.N. independence program for Namibia.
"I would like to address myself to the American administration," Arafat said at a news conference Wednesday at the end of his meetings with French officials. "Four months ago you accepted a plan for elections in Namibia. I also accept that plan. I agree on the application of the Namibian accord in Palestine."Arafat mentioned Namibia several times during his visit as a model to follow for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the territories and made it clear he regards the idea as crucial for Middle East peace.
"It's the last chance for peace," he told Europe-1 Radio in an interview.