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Promised Palestinian statehood

Palestinian Ambassador to Russia, Afif Safieh

1950 - Born in Jerusalem
1969 - President, Belgian section, general union of Palestinian students
1972 - Graduates, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
1974 - Graduates, Paris Institute of Political Studies
1974 - President, French branch, general union of Palestinian students
1976 - Deputy director, Palestine Liberation Organisation Observer Mission to the United Nations Office, Geneva
1978 - Staff member, Yasser Arafat's office in Beirut, in charge of European affairs and UN institutions
1981 - Researcher, Centre for European Studies, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
1985 - Visiting scholar, Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University
1987 - Palestine Liberation Organisation representative to the Netherlands
1990 - Palestinian General Delegate to the United Kingdom
1995 - Joins international board of trustees, Bethlehem University
2005 - Head, Palestine Liberation Organisation office to the United States, Washington, D.C.
2008 - Palestinian ambassador to Russia

U.S. President George W. Bush and Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair repeatedly say that the Palestinian Autonomy will be granted statehood by the end of this year. But is that likely? What makes them think it will happen so soon? And what is happening with the Palestine-Israeli negotiations? Our guest to tell us more is the newly-appointed Palestinian Ambassador to Russia, Afif Safieh.

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