Middle East Null and Void

That's what Arafat says about the P.L.O. charter

Yasser Arafat speaks passable English but hardly a syllable of French. So it was no slip of the tongue when the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization chose to use a French word during a live interview on France's TF1 television channel. At one point, Arafat declared as caduque -- a legal term meaning null and void -- the controversial 1964 P.L.O. charter, which calls for the destruction of Israel.

For Arafat the statement crowned another diplomatic success. His meeting with President Francois Mitterrand last week marked the first time that he has been officially received by a major West European...

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