Tuesday, March 21, 2000

Egyptian pres. Mubarak says that Israel, Syria have neared a peace agmt. in behind-the-scenes talks (through "special envoys," U.S. and British officials) that have continued since talks were formally suspended in 1/00. (WP 3/22) (see 3/20)

PA, Israeli negotiating teams, led by Yasir `Abid Rabbu and Eran respectively, resume final status talks at Bolling air force base (AFB) nr. Washington under a media blackout. U.S. special envoy Ross, his assistant Aaron Miller will oversee the talks but will not, at this stage, present U.S. proposals. (CSM 3/21; MENA 3/21 in WNC 3/22; NYT, WP, WT 3/22)

Israel implements the 3d stage of the 2d FRD, transferring 6.1% of area B to area A. In total, the PA now has full control of 18.2% of the West Bank, partial control of 21.8%. (CSM 3/21; CSM, NYT, WP, WT 3/22; JP 3/31)

The pope celebrates mass for 30,000 Catholics in Amman, visits several religious sites before heading to Israel. (MM 3/21; NYT, WP, WT 3/22; MEI 3/24)