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Turkish prime minister announces Ocalan's arrest
Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit today in Ankara said that the Turkish government has kept its promise to arrest the chairman of the Kurdistani Workers Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, and bring him back to Turkey.
Regional-Turkey, Politics, 2/16/1999
Reactions to Ocalan arrest
In Rome, Ocalan's lawyer Eberhurt Shultz, accused the Kenyan authorities of kidnapping his client ( Ocalan) in Nairobi after giving him signals of having a positive settlement for his case.
Regional, Politics, 2/16/1999
Greece announces it is not responsible for handing Ocalan over to Turkey
The Greek government today said that it is not responsible for arresting PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. The spokesman for the Greek government, Demitres Repas, said that Ocalan decided to leave the headquarters of the Greek embassy in Nairobi on Monday and since then, the Greek government has not had any information and has no responsibility towards what happened later on.
Regional-Greece, Politics, 2/16/1999
Greek government statement of Ocalan
The Greek government today said that Abdullah Ocalan was residing in Greek properties in Kenya until yesterday ( Monday), when he left for unknown destination.
Regional, Politics, 2/16/1999
Iraqi source: Agreement near with Ankara to restore control of Kurdistan to Baghdad
Iraqi diplomatic sources in Amman have talked about a nearby agreement between Iraq and Turkey and the Kurdistani Democratic Party led by Mesoud Barzani to restore control of northern Iraq (Kurdistan) to Iraq's central government.
Iraq-Turkey, Politics, 2/16/1999
Mubarak: Toshka is the future project for opportunities to the youths
Mubarak said those who criticize the project did not pay it a visit to get more information about it. He added that the South Valley Project aims at providing lands for agriculture and work opportunities for youths as well as a chance for a good life for Egypt's citizens outside the narrow valley.
Egypt, Economics, 2/16/1999
AL chief criticizes Iraqi threats against its neighbors
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has refused the threats made by Baghdad to attack air bases from which US and British planes fly to impose the two no-fly zones on the northern and southern parts of Iraq.
Regional-Iraq, Politics, 2/16/1999
Iraqi papers criticize Arab FMs as threats loom
The Iraqi daily Babel on Monday accused the Arab foreign ministers of lying when they announced their desire to preserve the sovereignty of Iraq.
Iraq, Politics, 2/16/1999
Kuwait refuses Iraqi threats
Kuwait strongly refused the Iraqi threats to attack it, considering these threats very serious and as destabilizing the region.
Kuwait-Iraq, Politics, 2/16/1999
Syrian - Iraqi relations developing
Iraqi Foreign Ministry secretary Nouri Ismael Elweis, who is in charge of Iraq's diplomatic relations with the "Bilad al-Cham" countries, said his country hopes to have a turning point in its relations with Damascus.
Iraq-Syria, Politics, 2/16/1999
Russia denies arms sales to Iraq
Sources from the state-owned Russian Rosvooruzheniye company for arms sales announced it did not sign any secret deals without the acknowledgement of the Russian Foreign Ministry and government.
Iraq-Russia, Politics, 2/16/1999
Palestinian source: We are ready to change the date declaration of Palestinian state
Palestine, Politics, 2/16/1999
Syrian President discuss Middle East developments with US congress delegation
President Hafez al-Assad on Monday at the Damascus al-Chaab palace received members of the US House of the Representatives and member of the International Relations Committee at the house, Sam Gejdenson.
Syria-USA, Politics, 2/16/1999
Moussa discusses Lockerbie incident issues in Libya
Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa held talks on Monday in Tripoli with the Secretary of the Libyan people's general committee for foreign communications and international cooperation (Foreign Minister) Omar al-Muntasir.
Egypt-Libya, Politics, 2/16/1999
Cem talks about relations with Syria
Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem said, "Until now not all problems concerning terrorism have been settled," concerning Turkish-Syrian relations.
Syria-Turkey, Politics, 2/16/1999
Communal charter to be revised to set up new decentralization framework, interior minister says
Moroccan interior minister, Driss Basri, said recently the communal charter, which governs local councils since 1976, will be revised with a view to setting up a new decentralization frame in Morocco.
Morocco, Politics, 2/16/1999
Morocco, Algeria optimistic as to Maghreban Union's future
"The second decade in the union's life will witness positive and decisive developments, dictated by the wisdom of our peoples (...), the inevitable movement of progress and the need to take up the challenges of the third millinery," said King Hassan II in a message to Tunisian President Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali.
Maghreb, Politics, 2/16/1999
Report: Future of relations with Jordan is Clinton's top priority
The London-based al-Majalla magazine quoted an official at the US State Department as saying that the future of US-Jordanian relations will be on top of the US foreign relations agenda.
Jordan-Regional-USA, Politics, 2/16/1999
Lebanon interrogates television photographer for dealing with Israel
A Lebanese source said today that an investigation is currently taking place against Lebanese television photographer Mahmoud Galoul by the means of security specialized bodies accusing him of dealing with Israel.
Lebanon, Local, 2/16/1999
Nuclear explosions monitoring station in Egypt
Wolfgang Hoffman, the head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization said yesterday that his organization is to built a monitoring station in Luxor, Egypt.
Egypt, Politics, 2/16/1999
Lebanese president confers with Italian health minister
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud on Monday in Beirut received Italian Health Minister Rosaria Bindi, currently visiting Lebanon.
Lebanon-Italy, Politics, 2/16/1999
Kuwait receives Moroccan economic delegation
At a similar meeting with the Kuwaiti minister of trade, the two sides discussed means of upgrading trade exchanges through tax exemptions and the setting up of a joint businessmen council. The possibility to reactivate the air links between the two states to promote tourism was equally examined.
Kuwait-Morocco, Economics, 2/16/1999
Morocco and Turkey activate free trade zone projet
Morocco and Turkey on Monday voiced determination to activate the setting up of a free trade zone to spur trade exchanges and boost economic cooperation between the two countries.
Morocco-Turkey, Economics, 2/16/1999
Eritrea welcomes Yemeni mediation for reconciliation with Ethiopia
Eritrea on Monday welcomed an offer proposed by Yemen to find a peaceful settlement to the crisis between Eritrea and Ethiopia, but Ethiopia refused the Yemeni offer and stressed its adherence to the peace plan drawn up by the Organization of African Unity.
Yemen-Ethiopia-Eritrea, Politics, 2/16/1999
Iran-Turkish security committee meets in Tehran
The Turkish-Iranian joint committee held its 16th meeting in Tehran on Monday, in the presence of the director general of the security affairs at the Iranian Ministry of the Interior and the Turkish Interior Ministry's secretary.
Turkey-Iran, Politics, 2/16/1999
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Eye-witnesses said that a group of Kurds, residents in Damascus today broke into the Greek embassy, destroyed the doors and windows and tried to set fire in the embassy, but the Syrian security forces could prevent them. Four men were arrested. Meantime, the Syrian police carried out strict guarding measures on the place as well as on the house of the Greek embassy, the Turkish embassy, several foreign countries embassies and affiliating centers in Damascus.
Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam on Monday in Damascus received members of an Austrian Parliament delegation led by the second chairman of Parliament, Heinrich Neisser. Talks dealt with the current situation in the region and "Israel's role in obstructing the Middle East peace process." Earlier in the day, similar talks were held between Syrian Minister of the Interior Muhammad Harba and Neisser.
Egyptian Minister of Tourism Mamdouh Beltagi stated that Italy sent the most tourists to Egypt 1998. The tourism sector achieved a progress in brining back the out flow as Egypt was visited by nearly 3.5 million tourists in 1998.
Press sources in Bonn said today (Tuesday) that the Israeli intelligence (Mossad) had given help described as "decisive" for the Turkish secret intelligence in chasing Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistani workers party who was arrested in Kenya and taken to Turkey today.
Gulf Cooperation Council health ministers are studying a plan under which tobacco agents in the GCC states would pay 1% of their total costs to the GCC health ministries, Bahrain Tribune reported.
Bahrain's Batelco telecommunications company cut its rates for the third time in the past year, Gulf Daily News reported.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens met yesterday with members of the US House Armed Services Committee led by Robert Reilly to discuss US support of Israeli security, as well as for the Arrow anti-missile missile system.
A dead rare beaked whale washed ashore in Oman, Oman Daily Observer reported. The whale's body will be studied to determine its origin, the report said.
The Palestinian Authority, Israel and Belgium signed a trilateral agreement establishing a program for Palestinian doctors at al-Quds University and Ben Gurion University, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat stated that there is nothing new in the idea of a confederation with Jordan as suggested recently by Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. Erekat also said that in this regard he refers to a previous decision taken by the Palestinian National Council, pointing out that raising the topic once again does not require any special meanings or new developments.
The Egyptian - British work's council is to meet in Cairo today, in the presence of British Secretary of Trade Brian Wilson, who is currently visiting Egypt leading a large delegation of businessmen as a part of a series of visits and condensed meetings between British and Egyptian businessmen with the aim of discussing increasing investments and the volume of mutual cooperation in industry, trade and technology.
Moroccan and Italian businessmen started Monday in Casablanca a three-day meeting to give a new momentum to partnership between the two countries in matters of leather industries and related sectors.
The Executive Bureau of the Arab Ministers Council in charge of Electricity will meet in Morocco this Feb. 17-18 to review a number of electricity projects in the Arab world and ways of enhancing the exchange of experiences and data.
Italy backs the Moroccan candidate to the top post of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Italian Ambassador to Morocco, Guido Martini, said on Monday.
The council of the Maghreban workers union will start a two-day meeting in Casablanca to debate issues related to the situation of workers in the five member countries of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA). The meeting, held once every six months, will be attended by representatives of trade unions from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania.
Thirty people died within the two past days due to cholera, which has swept Bardera district in southern Somalia. Another 300 cases were reported in Somalia during last week. Somali medical sources stated that some 18 persons died on Saturday and 13 on Monday morning.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem has criticized Israel's attempt to influence public opinion through exaggerating bilateral relations with Turkey. In an interview with the Turkish Daily News issued on Monday, Cem said these Israeli attempts put Turkey in a difficult position, especially towards its intention to be a friend to the Arab world.
Israel and Croatia on Monday signed a military agreement providing for modernizing Croatian jet fighters in Israel. Israel Radio said in this context that some 24 Croatian jets will be renovated in Israel in collaboration with the Israel Military Industries company at a cost of US $100 million.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to annex the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, already occupied by Israel, and to impose Israeli law on these territories if a Palestinian state is announced on May 4.