Quarterly Updates for (16 Feb 1995 — 15 May 1995)
  • On 2/20, Arafat met with French Pres. Franqois Mitterrand and FM Alain Juppe in Paris to discuss ways of jump-starting peace talks.
  • Secy. of State Christopher travelled to the region 3/7 for an eight-day shuttle mission between Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria in hopes of spurring peace process, particularly the stalled Syrian-Israeli track. He met with Arafat in Gaza on 3/10.
  • PM John Major made the first visit to Israel in nine years by a British leader 3/ 12-13. On 3/14, he met with Arafat in Gaza, while his Asst. FM Andrew Green met with Faisal Husseini at Orient House. Major then headed to Jordan for talks with King Hussein.
  • On 3/19-24, VP Al Gore toured the region, meeting with Pres. Mubarak, King Hussein, PM Rabin, and Chmn. Arafat. Talks centered on foreign aid, debt forgiveness, the NPT and the peace process, and preferential trade agreements, respectively.
  • Russian FM Andrei Kozyrev made a tour of the region 3/28-4/2 to meet with Arab heads of state to discuss bilateral relations and Russia's role in the peace process. Stops included Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and Israel.
  • U.S. Middle East coordinator Dennis Ross unsuccessfully undertook a shuttle mission between Syria and Israel 4/6-10, meeting with Arafat in Gaza 4/7 and stopping briefly in Cairo and Amman on his return to brief Pres. Mubarak and Crown Prince Hassan on his mission.
  • In Gaza 5/2, Arafat briefed U.S. Consul General Edward Abdington and an EU delegation on the status of negotiations.
  • On 5/15, Swedish Dep. PM Mona Sahlin returned home from Israel in protest after the Israeli Foreign Ministry refused to give her permission to meet with Palestinian officials at Orient House.