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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
1 June 1992
APPROACHES TOWARDS
THE SETTLEMENT
OF THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT
AND THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE


Issue 14 - May 1992


Note. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii

Excerpts from an interview with the Foreign Minister of
the Syrian Arab Republic Farouk al-Sharaa,
Beirut, 8 May 1992. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Extracts from an address by King Hussein before the World Forum,
The Hague, 14 May 1992. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

The Arab-Israeli peace negotiations: chronology of meetings,
May 1992. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
















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New York, June 1992




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NOTE


Excerpts from an interview with the Foreign Minister
of the Syrian Arab Republic Farouk al-Sharaa,
8 May 1992, Beirut


In an interview (place and date not given) with a correspondent of Beirut-based Al-Diyar, which appeared in the issue of 8 May 1992, Mr. Farouk al-Sharaa explained inter alia his country's stand with regard to the current Arab-Israeli peace negotiations:
Extracts from an address by King Hussein before
the World Forum, The Hague, 14 May 1992


On 14 May 1992, at The Hague, King Hussein of Jordan addressed the World Forum. In a speech entitled "The Middle East and the New International Policies" King Hussein presented his vision of the region. He said inter alia:

"...
The Arab-Israeli peace negotiations:
chronology of meetings, May 1992


On 28-29 January 1992, multilateral deliberations, co-chaired by the Russian Federation and the United States, began in Moscow as an organizational meeting for multilateral meetings on regional issues of interest to a wider group of countries. On 29 January 1992, the deliberations continued in five working groups established to consider the following regional issues: arms control and regional security (chaired by the Russian Federation), economic development (European Community), water resources (United States), environment (Japan), and refugees (Canada). An ad hoc Steering Group, co-chaired by the Russian Federation and the United States was also formed.

During May 1992, the following meetings of the working group and the Steering Group were held:


11-12 May 1992: Economic Development (Brussels)
The meeting of this working group was attended by the Jordanian-Palestinian delegation and some 40 other participants. It took place without Israel, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic.
The next meeting of this group is expected to be held in Paris during the autumn of 1992.


11-14 May 1992: Arms Control and Regional Security (Washington, D.C.)
Israel and Jordan attended; Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic were absent. The Palestinian side of the Jordanian-Palestinian delegation was not invited. Some 20 other delegations, including 12 Arab States attended the opening session.
The next meeting of this working group is expected to take place in Moscow during the autumn of 1992.


13-14 May 1992: Water Resources (Vienna)
Israel, Jordan, the Palestinians and some 40 other delegations reportedly attended; Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic were not present. The next meeting of this working group is expected to take place during the fall of 1992 in Washington, D.C.


13-15 May 1992: Refugees (Ottawa)
Jordan, the Palestinians and some 35 countries attended this working group; Israel, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic refrained from participating. The meeting endorsed the future participation of UNRWA in this working group.
The next meeting of this working group is planned for the autumn of 1992 in Ottawa.


18-19 May 1992: Environment (Tokyo)
Israel, Jordan, the Palestinians and some 37 other delegations, including China and India, attended, while Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic did not participate.
The next meeting of this working group is expected to be held in The Hague during the autumn of 1992.


27 May 1992: Steering Group meeting (Lisbon)
The Steering Group met on 27 May 1992 at Lisbon to coordinate the future work of the Working Groups and appealed strongly to the absent participants of the working groups to attend the next round of multilateral meetings.
The next round of multilateral meetings is planned for the autumn of 1992, following the Israeli elections on 23 June 1992 and possibly after one more round of bilateral talks.

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* For statements made at the Moscow meeting, see Issue 10 (January 1992) of this publication.

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Notes


1. Foreign Broadcast Information Service, Daily Report: Near East and South Asia, No. FBIS-NES-92-094, p. 31.

2. Ibid., FBIS-NES-92-095, p. 31.



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