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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
March 30, 1995, V3, #58
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Russians Have a Secret Mideast Peace Plan
By Kim Reid (Cairo)
Russia's Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev says he has some new ways
to get the Middle East peace process moving forward. Kozyrev shared
his thoughts with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Foreign
Minister Amr Moussa in Cairo, his first stop on a Middle East tour.
The Russian foreign minister says there is what he calls a "smell"
-- a hint -- of new ideas in the Middle East peace process. He
declined to elaborate.
After meeting with the Egyptian officials, Kozyrev said only that
Egypt and his country are on the right track with regard to their
position on all bilateral peace negotiations in the region, and
that Russia is well-equipped to give a push to the peace talks.
Kozyrev says US influence alone cannot salvage the stalled
multilateral peace talks. Kozyrev adds that he supports an
unlimited extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT.
Egypt, an NPT signatory, demands that Israel sign the treaty, or at
least agree to a timeframe for international monitoring of its
Experts believe Israel has the capacity and equipment to assemble
an estimated 200 nuclear warheads.
Kozyrev says he hopes to have what he calls a frank and direct
exchange with Israel on the issue after a stop in Damascus.
IDF officer and Israeli policeman killed in Palestinian terrorist
attack in Gaza Strip
An IDF officer and an Israeli policeman were killed Wednesday
afternoon, and two IDF soldiers were seriously wounded, in a
Palestinian terrorist attack on an Israeli convoy traveling to
Netzarim in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli convoy, comprised of a border police vehicle, a bus
of Israeli settlers and an IDF command vehicle, was traveling
toward Netzarim when a Palestinian truck coming in the opposite
direction veered into the lead Israeli vehicle. The truck's
Palestinian driver jumped out and began shooting. Israeli soldiers
returned fire, killing the driver.
Rabin Leaves for Unexpected Visit to Germany; Speculation Trip is
Linked to Ron Arad
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, accompanied by his military advisor
IDF Maj. General Danny Yatom, has left Israel on an unexpected
official visit to Germany.
According to the report, there is speculation that the trip is tied
to the case of missing Israel Air Force navigator Captain Ron Arad.
German officials confirmed that Chancellor Helmut Kohl will meet
with Rabin in Bonn.
Officials in Jerusalem said the two leaders will discuss bilateral
issues, the peace process and Israel's ties with the European
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said the meeting is not necessarily
connected to Arad, but said the issue is always raised by Israel in
meetings with foreign leaders throughout the world. Nevertheless,
the Foreign Minister expressed great appreciation for German
efforts on this matter.
Peres on Jerusalem: Issue is Closed Politically, but Open
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Hamas will only be allowed to
participate in the Palestinian elections if it renounces racism and
violence and recognizes the State of Israel. Peres was speaking
Tuesday to the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
The Foreign Minister said he made clear recently to Palestinian
Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat that Israel has no intention of
compromising on the issue of Jerusalem - whether the matter is
brought up now or at a later stage.
Peres said Arab residents of east Jerusalem will have the right
to vote in the Palestinian elections but will not be able to run
for office. "We must distinguish between the Arab's religious and
political attitudes about Jerusalem," Peres said, explaining that
most Arabs speak of Jerusalem in religious terms while the
Palestinians refer to the city in political terms.
The Foreign Minister emphasized that the issue of Jerusalem is
closed politically, but open religiously. Regarding the possibility
of a Palestinian state, Peres said the current process does not
necessarily lead in that direction. "Personally, I prefer
(Palestinian) confederation with Jordan."
The Foreign Minister said efforts by the Palestinian Authority to
disarm Hamas and the Islamic Jihad have succeeded in Jericho but
not in the Gaza Strip.
Dozens of Arabs to Study in Israeli Courses
Dozens of participants from Arab countries and Moslem lands in
Asia, which do not have diplomatic relations with Israel, have
participated so far this year in study courses organized by the
Israeli Foreign Ministry's international cooperation department.
About 600 Egyptian students took professional courses, and others
came from Morocco, Tunisia, the Palestinian Authority, Pakistan,
Indonesia and Malaysia. Next year's courses will include
participants from Jordan and Arab Gulf countries.
In 1994, a total of 3,214 students from abroad took part in 113
courses conducted by the department in Israel. In addition, 111
travelling courses were sent to other countries. More than 140
countries are involved in Israel's international cooperation
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