Thursday, September 19, 1991

Israel FM Levy refuses to accept any U.S. demand for freeze in settlement building prior to negotiations with Palestinians in o.t., which would only take place after a three-year transitional period of Palestinian self-rule. (WP 9/20)

Palestinian negotiators Faisal Husseini, Hanan Ashrawi, Zakariya al-Agha, refuse Baker's 9/16 invitation to travel to Jordan for talks. The Palestinians were reportedly ordered by PLO not to meet with Baker out of the PLO's dissatisfaction with U.S. "assurances" delivered to them by Baker while in Jerusalem. (NYT 9/20; Radio Monte Carlo 9/19 in FBIS 9/20)

Clandestine al-Quds Palestinian Arab Radio announces Islamic Jihad Movement has issued statement declaring it will not attend upcoming PNC meeting. (al-Quds Palestinian Arab Radio 9/19 in FBIS 9/20)

Israeli police question Zakariya al-Agha about alleged meetings he held with PLO officials in London [see 8/16]. Police had earlier interrogated Faisal Husseini, Hanan Ashrawi [see 8/26]. (IDF Radio 9/19 in FBIS 9/23)

Baker travels to Jordan to deliver U.S. "letter of assurances" to Jordanian leaders. PM Taher al-Masri states preliminary reading indicates that the letter is satisfactory. (al-Ra'i 9/21 in FBIS 9/24; MEM 9/20)