UN envoy reports no dates set for new meetings between Israelis, Palestinians

UN envoy reports no dates set for new meetings between Israelis, Palestinians

Reporting that the situation on the ground was "relatively calm," the United Nations envoy to the Middle East today said he was still awaiting word on the scheduling of new meetings between the Israelis and Palestinians to discuss the region's crisis.

Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East, said there were no dates set for meetings between the two sides, including one planned between Israeli Foreign Minister Simon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, and another on security cooperation.

Mr. Roed-Larsen met last night with President Arafat, who he said was quite focused and determined on ensuring the latest ceasefire held.