France has no intention of making Yasser Arafat's medical records public and will leave the decision about what to do with them up to his family, the foreign minister said Tuesday.
Michel Barnier's comment came shortly after Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia told the Associated Press he had formally requested that France publish medical records of the late Palestinian leader.
Arafat died at age 75 on Thursday in a French hospital, where he was taken for treatment Oct. 29 after his health deteriorated. Neither Palestinian officials nor Arafat's French medical team has announced the cause of death.
"The medical file of Yasser Arafat will be transmitted, conforming to the law and to rules, to members of the immediate family who ask for it -- and I mean family," Barnier told Europe-1 radio.