Between July 11 and 24, under the auspices of President Clinton,
Prime Minister Barak and Chairman Arafat met at Camp David in an effort
to reach an agreement on permanent status. While they were not able to
bridge the gaps and reach an agreement, their negotiations were
unprecedented in both scope and detail. Building on the progress
achieved at Camp David, the two leaders agreed on the following
principles to guide their negotiations:
The two sides agreed that the aim of their negotiations is to
put an end to decades of conflict and achieve a just and lasting
The two sides commit themselves to continue their efforts to
conclude an agreement on all permanent status issues as soon as
Both sides agree that negotiations based on UN Security Council
Resolutions 242 and 338 are the only way to achieve such an agreement
and they undertake to create an environment for negotiations free
from pressure, intimidation and threats of violence.
The two sides understand the importance of avoiding unilateral
actions that prejudge the outcome of negotiations and that their
differences will be resolved only by good faith negotiations.
Both sides agree that the United States remains a vital partner
in the search for peace and will continue to consult closely with
President Clinton and Secretary Albright in the period ahead.