Sunday, January 26, 1997

Syrian VP Khaddam, FM Shara` arrives in Saudi Arabia on the first leg of a Gulf tour to urge the Gulf states to lobby the U.S. in support of Syria's negotiation position toward Israel, to not move ahead with normalization. (MM 1/27; AFP, SA 1/27 in WNC 1/29)

Israel says that multilateral talks will resume at a steering comm. mtg. that will be held in Moscow in 4/97. (IDF Radio 1/26 in WNC 1/28; MM 1/31)

In Israel, FM Levy meets with Russian Dep. FM Viktor Posuvalyuk. (IDF Radio 1/26 in WNC 1/28)

In Israel, EU special envoy Moratinos meets with Israeli FM Levy. (AFP 1/27 in WNC 1/28)

The Israeli Ministerial Comm. on Jerusalem Affairs grants the Jerusalem Municipality a $40-m. budget supplement for building infrastructure (e.g., roads, sewage and water systems) to connect East and West Jerusalem. The PA says such construction would prejudice the outcome of final status negotiation. The Prime Minister's Office declares that Jerusalem is, will always be united under Israeli sovereignty; the grant is meant "to align this declaration with reality." (IDF Radio 1/26 in WNC 1/28)

Israeli police open investigation into Bar-On's appointment as atty. gen. (NYT, WP, WT 1/27; MM 1/28; WT 2/3; MEI 2/7) (see 1/24)

In Amman, King Hussein undergoes orthoscopic surgery on both knees. (RJ 1/26 in WNC 1/28; JTV 1/27 in WNC 1/29; JP 2/15)