Former Palestinian negotiator Abdel Shafi dies of cancer in Gaza

September 26, 2007 04:05

A former Palestinian negotiator, leading Palestinian nationalist and physician, Haidar Abdel Shafi, has died in the Gaza Strip. He was 88. Abdel Shafi died Tuesday at his home in Gaza City of stomach cancer, said his son Khaled. The charismatic, lanky gadfly to the late Yasser Arafat was most known internationally for leading the Palestinian team with Jordan to the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991 and to peace talks in Washington in the two years following. Abdel Shafi resigned his negotiating post in 1993 over the Oslo peace agreements with Israel, predicting that the process would collapse over the failure of the deals to tackle the issue of Jewish settlements on land Palestinians want for a state.

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