Gov't sets up Foreign Ministry unit to deal with negotiations

An inter-ministerial committee on implementing the Winograd Committee recommendations decided Tuesday to establish a Foreign Ministry unit to deal with negotiations, in line with the committee's report calling for greater coordination between the ministry and the Prime Minister's Office. The committee - chaired by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert - heard a briefing by acting head of the National Security Council Danny Arditi on the implementation of the committee's recommendations, including the establishment of an emergency situation room in the PMO. Olmert was joined in the meeting by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Justice Minister Daniel Friedman, and Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, who also heads Israel's strategic dialogue with the US.