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Arafat refused to accept the resignation, PA Minister Saeb Erekat said, adding that Qureia was "holding a cabinet meeting to discuss the issue with ministers."
Erekat said earlier that Qureia's decision "does not reflect differences" with the PA chairman
"This is a true disaster," Qureia said Saturday outside his offices in Ramallah, shortly before meeting with Arafat.
Arafat also agreed Saturday to consolidate his security forces into three branches, a key international demand for reform, a senior aide to the PA chairman announced.
On Wednesday, Mr Arafat's aide, Nabil Abu Rdainah, said Mr Roed-Larsen was no longer welcome in the West Bank or Gaza. Yesterday a spokesman for al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades said: "People in Arafat's office called us and told us that Larsen's statements are just another part of the conspiracy to delegitimise Arafat. They told us Larsen is now with Israel and America ... They asked us to intervene to stop him in his tracks."
Major-General Saeb al-Ajez said he received orders from Arafat to replace police chief Ghazi al-Jabali, who was abducted and freed on Friday by gunmen who accused him of corruption and demanded the president dismiss him.
Arafat also announced in a statement the appointment of his cousin, Major-General Mussa Arafat, as head of the national security forces in the Gaza Strip.
But the leader of the militants who kidnapped Jabali condemned the president's move.
"With all due respect to President Arafat, the Palestinian Authority cannot remain to be monopolized by (Arafat) and his relatives," said Jenin Martyrs Brigades spokesman Abu Iyad. "We have our own ways to show our rejection."
Thousands of demonstrators marched in Gaza City on Saturday to protest against the new security chief appointed for the area by Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, saying he would bring no change, witnesses said.
"No to corruption. Yes to reform and change," activists from Arafat's Fatah group shouted as gunmen from the group's military wing, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, fired into the air.
"We send a message to the leader Yasser Arafat. Don't replace corruption with even more corruption," shouted Fata leader Samir al-Mashharawy.
The Gaza Strip is at a crucial juncture; we will either gain independence or become Somalia.
Egypt’s foreign minister called on Palestinians to demonstrate unity and prove to the world that they are capable of establishing a state.
One of Arafat’s advisors is leaving for Cairo and meeting with senior officials to discuss the reforms and the disengagement.
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa called Arafat and expressed his confidence in Arafat’s ability to take control over the situation.
Abdel-Razek al-Majaideh was named director of General Security for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, replacing Moussa Arafat, whose appointment to the post on Saturday triggered clashes between gunmen and his loyalists.
Mr Qureia told his Cabinet he accepted Mr Arafat's rejection of his resignation, which he submitted on Saturday following days of upheaval in the Gaza Strip.
Since the October 2003 attack on an American diplomatic convoy in which three American security guards were killed, diplomatic missions in Gaza have beefed up their security.
Sources in Gaza said that two months ago, Secretary General Kofi Annan was warned by a third party that an armed faction in Gaza was plotting to kidnap Annan's envoy to the region, Terje Rod Larsen, in an attempt to pressure the Israeli government.
For twelve years, Ghussein deposited $7.5 to $8 million each month into Arafat's personal bank account.
In 1996, Arafat's wife Suha arrived in Buenos Aires with $30 million in cash that she invested in a business with other Palestinians.
As of August 2002, Arafat's personal holdings were reported to total $1.3 billion, including $500 million of the PLO's money.