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UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT OFFERS ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE PLAN. Concluding his Middle East tour in Amman on 24 April (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 22, 23, and 24 April 2002), President Leonid Kuchma called for the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in the West Bank and Gaza to set the stage for the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, AP reported. Kuchma said such negotiations should focus on the establishment of a Palestinian state and a cease-fire. He also called for an unconditional, immediate, and complete Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian territories, and "ending all violent operations and terrorist acts, a step that must be declared officially by the Israeli leadership and the president of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat." JM

UKRAINE ARRESTS SUSPECTED SYRIAN TERRORIST. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has arrested a Syrian national suspected of links to international terrorist organizations, New Channel Television reported on 24 April. The SBU accuses the Syrian, a former student of Kyiv University, of laundering $28 million hryvni ($5.3 million), converting this sum into U.S. dollars, and sending it to the Middle East. The money-laundering operation was conducted with the use of fly-by-night companies registered in Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk under fictitious names. JM

SLOVENIA TO HOST CENTRAL EUROPEAN PRESIDENTS. In what is likely to be one of his last major acts before a successor is elected in the fall, President Milan Kucan will host a gathering of 16 heads of state on 31 May, RFE/RL's South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service reported. His guests are the leaders of Italy, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine. PM