1. Palestinian Parliament Speaker Ahmed Qureia (also known as Abu Alla) walks out to meet US peace envoy Gen Anthony Zinni
2. Zinni gets out of car and is greeted by Qureia
3. They both walk inside
4. Zinni's car parked in drive
5. Zinni exiting meeting and climbing aboard his car.
6. Qureia smiling
7. Cut away camera man
8. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Ahmed Qureia, Speaker, Palestinian Parliament:
"Mr. Zinni will leave the area on Monday for 12 days, and will come back on January 18. In the 12 days until then, both sides have to implement some very important steps from the Tenet understanding and Mitchell report."
9. Ahmed Qureia walking back into building with aides
Jericho, West Bank - 5 Jan 2002
10. Exterior Palestinian Authority building
11. Close up Palestinian Authority sign
12. Zinni and Erekat meeting, both shake hands
13. Zinni and Erekat walking out of meeting together
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Anthony Zinni, US Peace Envoy:
"I'm hopeful, I'm encouraged, and I think it's going to take co-operation by both sides and a deep commitment to get the meaningful cease-fire we need so we can get this process in order."
"I think the general is exacting every possible effort in order to bring us and the Israelis back on track - the peace process back on track. We are continuing our deliberations, our conversations with the general, the political and security track. Tomorrow there will be a security meeting headed by General Zinni and, as President Arafat said, we will not hesitate in exerting every possible effort to ensure the success of the mission, hoping that us and the Israelis are brought back to the negotiating table as soon as possible."
16. Zinni and Erekat exit Palestinian Authority building together and get into their own cars.
US peace envoy General Anthony Zinni pressed ahead with his mission to mend Middle East tensions on Saturday, amid Israeli charges that the Palestinian Authority is engaged in terrorism, and tried to smuggle 50 tons of missiles and other weapons into the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Zinni met Palestinian Parliament Speaker Ahmed Qureia, also known as Abu Alla, and relayed Washington's desire that both sides are to begin carrying out a truce deal in the coming days.
Zinni, a retired US Marine Corps General, promised he would return to the region Jan. 18 to assess progress, according to Qureia.
However, Israel has said it was not ready to observe a formal truce until there have been seven days of complete calm.
Israel announced on Friday that it has intercepted a vessel carrying 50 tons of Iranian-made weapons, including rockets and anti-tank missiles, which it claimed where bound for the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinian Authority has vehemently denied any knowledge of the arms, which were seized on board the 4000-ton cargo ship "Karine A" in the Red Sea, hundreds of miles from Israel's shores.
Later on Saturday, in the West Bank town of Jericho, Zinni met with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, telling reporters afterward that he was encouraged that a workable peace deal could still be agreed upon by all sides.