23 - 29 December 1999
Issue No. 461
|Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875|
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Peace summitISRAELI Prime Minister Ehud Barak held a late-night three-hour meeting in Ramallah on Tuesday with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat to discuss the draft peace framework to be presented in mid-February. It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders to be held in Palestinian territories.
Israeli radio said Barak sought to reassure Arafat over the course of the Middle East peace process, soothing fears that the Israeli-Syrian negotiations, restarted last week after a four-year hiatus, might adversely affect discussions with the Palestinians.
Israeli television also said the Israeli army had started presenting its plan to Barak for a pullback from southern Lebanon, AFP reported.
World warningTHE US Government has issued a new worldwide warning that Americans may be the target of New Year terrorist attacks extending up to mid-January. The State Department said airport security at home was being tightened and appropriate actions were being taken by the Pentagon to protect US forces overseas.
The new warning said the US government believed that terrorists may be planning to conduct attacks on Americans. Movement by some suspected terrorists from one country to another was the primary cause of concern. Added to this were reports that attacks are being planned by a terrorist group linked to militant leader Osama Bin Laden.
Meanwhile, an Algerian man was charged on Tuesday with attempting to cross the US-Canadian border illegally after the arrest of another Algerian caught smuggling explosives into the United States sparked an intensive American anti-terrorist operation. (see p.6)
Apology soughtLIBYAN Leader Muammar Gaddafi said he intends to seek an apology and compensation from the US if the two Libyan suspects on trial for the 1988 bombing of a Pan-Am passenger plane over Lockerbie are found innocent. In a taped interview from Tripoli on CBS's "Early Show" on Tuesday, the 11th anniversary of the bombing Gaddafi, said he was sorry his country has suffered from sanctions imposed by the US and Britain.