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  • March 11, 1999

    In London, Arafat meets with British PM Tony Blair. (SA 3/11 in WNC 3/12; VOA 3/18 in WNC 3/19; PR 3/19)

    For 2d day in Gaza, PA police clash with 100s of...

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  • May 14, 1991

    After talks with Sec. Baker, King Hussein avoids making public commitment on whether Jordan would attend proposed peace conference if Syria does attend [MEM 5/14; WP, NYT, LAT 5/15]. Baker crosses...

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In London, Arafat meets with British PM Tony Blair. (SA 3/11 in WNC 3/12; VOA 3/18 in WNC 3/19; PR 3/19)

For 2d day in Gaza, PA police clash with 100s of Palestinians protesting PA police shooting of demonstrators 3/10. PA declares area a closed military zone, confiscates film fr. 6 photographers, detain 3 journalists. More than 50 Palestinians, including 17 policemen, are injured. (WT 3/12; RMC 3/12 in WNC 3/16; PR 3/19; MEI 3/26)

U.S. Senate approves (98-1) resolution urging Pres. Bill Clinton not to recognized a unilaterally declared Palestinian state. (RMC 3/12 in WNC 3/16; al-Jazira 3/13 in WNC 3/17; al-Quds 3/17 in WNC 3/22; WJW 3/18; PR 3/19) (see Doc. C3)

Iranian pres. Khatami meets with Pope John Paul II. (CSM, MM, NYT, WP, WT 3/12; MM 3/15)

On the last day of his regional tour, U.S. Defense Secy. Cohen stops in Egypt, pays courtesy call on PM Netanyahu in Israel. (MM 3/11; MENA 3/11 in WNC 3/12; NYT, WP, WT 3/12; WT 3/13; al-Quds 3/13 in WNC 3/17; MM 3/17; al-Watan al-Arabi 3/26 in WNC 4/5)

Saudi Arabia signs protocol with Afghanistan's Taliban under which only Taliban-certified Afghans may participate in the Hajj, lending credence to rumors that the Taliban broke with Saudi dissident Bin Laden a mo. or so ago, is no longer providing him safe haven. (GIU 3/16; see NYT 3/4)

In Amman, Turkey, Jordan hold talks in the context of their security cooperation agmt. on combatting terrorism, drug smuggling, organized crime. (ATL 3/12 in WNC 3/16)

Turkish lawyer Ahmet Zeki Okcuoglu agrees to take up Ocalan's defense again but says that he still does not feel secure. (NYT 3/12) (see 2/25)

Hizballah attacks a South Lebanon Army (SLA) post in s. Lebanon, wounding 1 SLA mbr. (VOL 3/11 in WNC 3/12)

After talks with Sec. Baker, King Hussein avoids making public commitment on whether Jordan would attend proposed peace conference if Syria does attend [MEM 5/14; WP, NYT, LAT 5/15]. Baker crosses from Jordan to o.t., and holds meeting with 3 Palestinians, including Faisal Husseini [AVP, RMC 5/15 in FBIS 5/16].

Congress pressures Pres. Bush to seek international curbs on arns sales by introducing bipartisan joint legislation proposing to ban all arms sales to Middle East if Bush admin. fails to make "good faith" effort to get international accord on arms sales [WP 5/15].

UN Sec. Council and other UN representatives say they are studying formulas under which Iraq could begin paying for damages assessed to it during Gulf war; focus is on using 25% to 30% of Iraq's oil revenues for payment [WP, NYT 5/15].

F.M. Bessmertnykh meets in Damascus with Syrian leaders, then flies to Geneva for talks with Yasir Arafat [WP 5/15; AVP 5/15 in FBIS 5/16].