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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
May, 25, 1995, V3, #97
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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San Marino has decided to establish full diplomatic relations
with Israel. San Marino's ambassador in Rome announced the decision
in a meeting with Israel's ambassador to Italy Avi Pazner. San
Marino, a small state located within Italy, has a total population
of 23,000 and covers an area of 38 square miles.
Progress Reported in Syrian Talks
By Ron Pemstein (State Department)
Israel and Syria have agreed to talks between their senior military
experts on the security arrangements to possible help Israeli
withdrawal from the Golan Heights. Syria has given its agreement to
a group of understandings on security talks with Israel.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher says senior military experts
from the two sides will meet in Washington, D.C. At the end of June
to negotiate the details of those understandings on security
Christopher is now making plans to travel to the Middle East next
month in preparation for those security talks. A senior State
Department official says the agreement on the framework is the
first direct agreement between Israel and Syria since the 1991
State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns read the secretary of
state's assessment. "This is an important development but there are
still significant gaps between the parties and there is much
hard work to be done on the security arrangements and on all the
The spokesman says two telephone calls between Christopher and
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara in the last 24 hours
led to the agreement to hold Israeli-Syrian military talks under
Hamas Military Cache Confiscated
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Palestinian police have raided a storage facility used by the
militant group Hamas, which has launched a series of attacks
against Israelis in recent months. The police of Yasir Arafat's
Palestinian Autonomy Authority conducted the raid in the Gaza Strip
overnight and confiscated weapons, military uniforms, and documents
that officials said terrorists could use to cross into Israel. The
police were acting on a tip.
The Palestinian Authority had ordered all unlicensed weapons to
be surrendered to the police by May 1. Senior police officers said
they would not carry out random raids or searches, but would
prosecute anyone found with an illegal weapon and would investigate
any indication of major illegal weapons storage facilities.
This raid is the latest in a series of steps the Palestinian
Authority has taken to crack down on Hamas and other violent
groups which oppose the peace accord with Israel. The authority
has also arrested and prosecuted Hamas leaders, and has closed
the organization's newspaper. Israel has made such a crackdown a
precondition for expanding the autonomous palestinian area.
The recent moves by the Autonomy Authority come as talks on the
terms of expanding autonomy are reaching a critical stage, with
the deadline for concluding them just five and a half weeks away.
Senior Egyptian Official Visits Israel
A top advisor to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak travelled to
Israel Tuesday for a short visit aimed at improving ties between
the two countries. The official, Osama el-Baz, held meetings in
Jerusalem with both Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres.
El-Baz reportedly brought a message from Mubarak that Egypt wants
to improve the atmosphere of relations with Israel following the
Cabinet's recent decision to suspend land expropriations in
Mubarak is apparently seeking to reduce tensions that developed
over the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the
During his meetings, el-Baz spoke of Egypt's desire to improve
relations and cooperation with Israel.
Sources in Jerusalem expressed great satisfaction over el-Baz's
visit and praised Egypt's decision to open a new chapter in
relations with Israel.
Israel/Palestinians Move Closer to Establishing Industrial
Finance Ministry Director General David Brodet and his counterpart
in the Palestinian Authority, Samir Khouleila, met Tuesday and
completed a draft paper on establishing industrial parks between
Israel and the Palestinian self-rule areas.
The draft sets out how the parks will be built, as well as
addresses labor and security issues. Brodet told reporters that
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk told him that the U.S. would
grant preferential trade status to the industrial parks.
Top Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators are in Europe to work
out plans for international observers to monitor Palestinian
elections in the territories.
Foreign Ministry Legal Advisor Joel Singer and Palestinian
Authority Member Saeb Erekat discussed the issue in Brussels with
senior European Union representatives.
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