Thursday, November 11, 1999

Israeli negotiators present Arafat with the map for the 11/15 FRD, but Arafat refuses to sign it, saying some areas are too thinly inhabited, areas do not link existing islands of PA control. (AFP 11/12 in WNC 11/15; WP 11/13)

In Ramallah, Eran, `Abid Rabbuh resume final status meetings, continue work on drafting an agenda for talks. (MM, NYT 11/11)

French FM Vedrine arrives in Damascus to follow up with Pres. Asad on Bashar al-Asad's 11/7 mtg. with Chirac regarding Israeli-Syrian negotiations. (AFP 11/11 in WNC 11/12; MM 11/12; RFI 11/12 in WNC 11/15)

First Lady Hillary Clinton visits Ramallah briefly to attend a grant-giving ceremony hosted by Suha Arafat, who gives a speech condemning Israel's occupation of the West Bank for causing ecological and health disasters. Israeli and American Jews condemn Clinton for failing to denounce Arafat's statements on the spot. Palestinians criticize Clinton's refusal to repeat her 5/98 statement supporting establishment of an independent Palestinian state. (MM 11/12; NYT, WP, WT 11/12; NYT, WP, WT 11/13)