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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Sept. 5, 1995, V3, #162
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Assad Meets with Mubarak
By Peyman Pejman (VOA-Cairo)
Syrian President Hafez Assad flew to Cairo this weekend to meet
with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The meeting was to discuss
the faltering Syrian-Israeli peace agreement and the growing
political problems in Iraq.
Egyptian officials describe the meeting part of regular
consultations between the Egyptian and Syrian presidents. Their
last meeting was in Damascus in June.
Accompanied by his foreign minister, Arouk al-Sharaa, Assad was
scheduled to brief Mubarak on the obstacles still blocking progress
on Syria's peace talks with Israel.
Those negotiations have been stalled over whether Israel should
withdraw from the Golan Heights before or after the signing of a
peace treaty. Syria wants Israeli troops out first; the Israelis
want to wait.
The two presidents were also expected to discuss the changing
situation in Iraq following last month's defection to Jordan by
two senior Iraqi officers, both married to daughters of President
While both the Syrian and the Egyptian leaders are on
less-than-friendly terms with the Iraqi president, they have
cautioned against the recent US military buildup in the region and
emphasized that Iraqi sovereignty should be respected.
Suicidal Israeli Shot by Palestinians
By Susan Sappir (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinian police in self ruled Saza shot and killed an apparently
deranged Israeli motorist. The man's wife said he had talked about
suicide and a joint investigation has been started.
The possibly suicidal Israeli, 50-year-old Emanuel Maloul, burst
through three Israeli roadblocks at the entrance to the Palestinian
ruled Gaza after refusing orders to stop.
He continued speeding through the Palestinian area until he was
shot in the back by Palestinian police and killed. It was the
first time Palestinian police killed an Israeli since they took
charge of the Gaza self rule area 15 months ago.
Security officials on both sides said the man's wife said he had
expressed his intention to commit suicide. No weapons were found
on his body or in the car and there seemed to be no apparent
political motive for his behavior.
The palestinians have asked Israel for an urgent meeting on the
incident. Israel agreed to a joint investigation and the incident
did not seem to set back the fragile peace process.
Gadhafi May Throw Palestinians Out of Libya
By Peyman Pejman (VOA-Cairo)
Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi says all Arab countries should expel
their Palestinian residents as a way of exposing what he calls the
"deception" of the peace agreement between Israel and the PLO.
Speaking on the 26th anniversary of the military coup that brought
him to power, Gadhafi said if all the millions of Palestinans
living in the Arab world were forced to return to their homeland it
would expose "this story of peace."
Gadhafi has strongly criticized PLO leader Yasir Arafat for making
too many concessions to the government of Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin. Since signing the peace agreement with the Israelis in
1993, the Palestinians have taken control of only the Gaza Strip
and the West Bank town of Jericho. Negotiations are still going on
to extend Palestinian authority in the rest of the West Bank
occupied by Israel since 1967.
The Libyan leader did not say whether he would expel the
Palestinians who live in Libya, some of them since the State of
Israel was created in 1948. Under the current agreement, many of
them would not have the right to live in territories coming under
Gadhafi's two-hour speech was made in his birthplace, the
Mediterranean city of Sirte.
Peres Meets Arafat in Italy, Possibly Also Bill Gates
By Polly Stroud (VOA-Rome)
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasir
Arafat met this weekend at Lake Como in Northern Italy. The
Israeli foreign minister said before the meeting they will evaluate
progress made so far in negotiations on Palestinian autonomy on the
The site of the meeting is the lakeside town of Cernobbio where
both Peres and Arafat were attending a private symposium of
prominent bankers, businessmen and political figures. Peres
previously said he would meet with Microsoft CEO Bill Gates at the
conference, and would ask him to participate in the Middle East
This is not the first Israeli-Palestinian meeting in Italy. The
Israeli foreign minister disclosed that secret talks were held at
an undisclosed location in Italy in June, arranged by Italian
Foreign Minister Susanna Agnelli.
Peres called them a "very important part" of the negotiations. He
said he expects agreement with the Palestine Liberation
Organization on autonomy by the end of this month and Palestinian
elections by the end of the year.
The United States has proposed the earlier target date of Sept. 18
For the accord, but key issues remain resolved - among them the
release of Palestinian prisoners, security in the West Bank town of
Hebron and elections in Israeli East Jerusalem.
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