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  • June 6, 1999

    In Cairo, PCC, Arab League comms. hold consulations on drafting a Palestinian constitution. (MENA 6/6 in WNC 6/10; al-Quds 6/6 in WNC 6/11)

    PM-elect Barak says he is having trouble...

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  • October 4, 1995

    Syrian FM Shara` meets with Egyptian FM Musa, Lebanese FM Buwayz, Saudi FM Prince Sa'ud al-Faysal on the sidelines of the UN mtgs. (RL, SARR 10/4 in FBIS 10/5)

    On the sidelines of the UN...

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  • April 20, 1995

    On visit to Austria, Israeli Dep. FM Beilin says it makes no difference to Israel which elements are in control of s. Lebanon "so long as the safety of the inhabitants is maintained." Statement...

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In Cairo, PCC, Arab League comms. hold consulations on drafting a Palestinian constitution. (MENA 6/6 in WNC 6/10; al-Quds 6/6 in WNC 6/11)

PM-elect Barak says he is having trouble forming a broad-based coalition because of Likud demands that he continue settlement expansion. Under draft guidelines for a coalition government, no new settlements would be established, no existing settlements would be dismantled, settlements would not enjoy preferred status. (CSM, MM, NYT, WP, WT 6/7; MEI 6/18)

In Cairo, Egyptian-Palestinian joint comm. open 2 days of talks on the peace process; sign agmts. on cultural, economic, trade, technical cooperation. (MENA 6/7 in WNC 6/9)

In Amman, Jordanian, Syrian officials discuss transportation cooperation. (RJ 6/6 in WNC 6/10)

In signs that a political settlement to Algeria's 7-yr.-old conflict btwn. Muslim guerrillas and the government may be at hand, newly elected (4/99) Pres. `Abd al-`Aziz Bouteflika announces plans to offer amnesty to fighters, supporters of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS); formally endorses a truce declared by FIS in 10/97. In response, FIS's military wing says is will end its armed struggle against the state. (MM 6/7)

Syrian FM Shara` meets with Egyptian FM Musa, Lebanese FM Buwayz, Saudi FM Prince Sa'ud al-Faysal on the sidelines of the UN mtgs. (RL, SARR 10/4 in FBIS 10/5)

On the sidelines of the UN mtgs., Arab FMs agree to support Libya's nomination for the rotating position UN Security Council. (MENA 10/5 in FBIS 10/6)

9 PLO Exec. Comm. mbrs (Mahmud Darwish, `Abdallah Hurani, Shafiq al-Hut, Muhammad Isma'il, Taysir Khalid, Iliya Khuri, `Abd al-Rahim Malluh, Sulayman al-Najjab, Faruq al-Qaddumi) release joint statement rejecting Oslo II accord. 2 others, Samir Ghawshah, Jamal al-Surani endorse the statement. Only 9 Exec. Comm. mbrs approved the agmt. (see 9/26) (SANA 10/4 in FBIS 10/5)

Visiting Palestinians detained in camp on Egypt's border, Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi calls on Arab leaders to "send home" all Palestinians in protest over the Oslo II agmt. Islamists, nationalist Palestinians jointly condemn the call. (NYT, WP, WT 10/5) (see 9/27)

Al-Watan publisher Imad al-Faluji signs PA pledge to respect the press and publication law, allowing publication of his pro-Hamas paper to resume. (Al-Nahar 10/5 in FBIS 10/6) (see 8/6)

In Gaza, Israeli policeman is wounded by shots fired at a joint Israeli-PA patrol. Group calling itself the Islamic Salvation Front takes responsibility. (ITV 10/4 in FBIS 10/5)

IDF extends closure on West Bank, Gaza to 10/8. (QY 10/4 in FBIS 10/5) (see 9/30)

On visit to Austria, Israeli Dep. FM Beilin says it makes no difference to Israel which elements are in control of s. Lebanon "so long as the safety of the inhabitants is maintained." Statement thought to be a concessionary signal to Syria. (MM 4/20)

Syrian VP Khaddam says Syria still wants full withdrawal to 6/4/67 border [the 1967 border incl. a strip of land along the Sea of Galilee not incl. in the international border], "equality" in security arrangements, recent signals fr. Israel have not changed Syria's position. (MM 4/20)

U.S. says Saudi Arabia failed to cooperate with U.S. effort 2 wks ago to seize Islamic Jihad's Imad Mughniyya in connection with 1983 Beirut Marine barracks bombing. Saudis refused to let plane in which Mughniyya was flying land on Saudi soil. (NYT, WP, WT 4/22; al-Hayat 4/23 in FBIS 4/25; MM, WT 4/24; WJW 4/27)

Previously unknown group, Islamic Salvation Front for Palestine, releases 2d communiqué in 2 wks threatening to attack Israeli targets in Egypt, Algeria, France, Britain, U.S. if PA crackdown on Islamist groups continues. Hamas, Islamic Jihad say they have never heard of the group. (AFP, QY 4/20 in FBIS 4/21)

FBI switches focus of search for Oklahoma bombers to domestic separatist, white supremacist groups; Middle Eastern connection termed unlikely. (NYT, WP, WT 4/21; WP 4/22; MM 2/24) (see 4/19)