Sunday, June 6, 1999

In Cairo, PCC, Arab League comms. hold consulations on drafting a Palestinian constitution. (MENA 6/6 in WNC 6/10; al-Quds 6/6 in WNC 6/11)

PM-elect Barak says he is having trouble forming a broad-based coalition because of Likud demands that he continue settlement expansion. Under draft guidelines for a coalition government, no new settlements would be established, no existing settlements would be dismantled, settlements would not enjoy preferred status. (CSM, MM, NYT, WP, WT 6/7; MEI 6/18)

In Cairo, Egyptian-Palestinian joint comm. open 2 days of talks on the peace process; sign agmts. on cultural, economic, trade, technical cooperation. (MENA 6/7 in WNC 6/9)

In Amman, Jordanian, Syrian officials discuss transportation cooperation. (RJ 6/6 in WNC 6/10)

In signs that a political settlement to Algeria's 7-yr.-old conflict btwn. Muslim guerrillas and the government may be at hand, newly elected (4/99) Pres. `Abd al-`Aziz Bouteflika announces plans to offer amnesty to fighters, supporters of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS); formally endorses a truce declared by FIS in 10/97. In response, FIS's military wing says is will end its armed struggle against the state. (MM 6/7)