A Palestinian fact-finding commission which looked into the death of late President Yasser Arafat admitted yesterday that it failed in determining the reasons for Arafat’s death one year later, leaving his death as an unresolved mystery.
It said the group of specialized physicians could not determine the reasons for his sickness that led to his clinical state which later resulted in his death.
Ã‚Â The commission’s report was distributed by the office of Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei.
The report was confirmation of the one issued by French physicians, which said the problem was in his metabolic system.
Arafat died on November 11, 2004 at the Percy Military Hospital in France.Ã‚Â The French official report said that symptoms started four hours after eating dinner on October 12, 2004, while according to the Palestinian commission; the dinner was on October 11.
The report said all the routine medical tests did not reveal any certain reason, adding that these included testing for all types of known poisons.
Qurei said in a letter attached to the report that his government has decided to keep the file of President Arafat’s death open until they find the truth, saying this is a ‘right of the Palestinian people and the duty of the PNA.’
On his part, the Libyan President, Mo’ammar Al-Gaddafi called for an International investigation committee to probe Arafat’s death.