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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
30 November 1996
DEVELOPMENTS RELATED TO THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS

Issue 8

September - October 1996






UNITED NATIONS
New York, November 1996








NOTE
Since April 1991, at the request of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Division for Palestinian Rights of the United Nations Secretariat has prepared a compilation of statements, declarations, documents and other material pertaining to the various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the question of Palestine and the Middle East peace process entitled "Approaches towards the settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the question of Palestine".

In January 1994, the bulletin was renamed "Developments related to the Middle East peace process". It includes information material related to the bilateral Arab-Israeli peace negotiations, the multilateral negotiations on Middle East regional issues, and other aspects of the Middle East peace process.

This issue covers the months of September and October 1996.





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CONTENTS
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Remarks by Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and President of the Palestinian Authority
Yasser Arafat at a press conference, Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, 4 September 1996 1

Texts of three-Power letters to Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and President
of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat, London, 25 September 1996 2

Text of Israeli Cabinet communiqué on the situation in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip
and Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 26 September 1996 3

Remarks by President Clinton on the situation in the Middle East,
Washington, D.C., 26 September 1996 4

Statement by President Clinton on announcing the Middle East Summit,
Washington, D.C., 29 September 1996 4

Appeal for peace in the Middle East by Pope John Paul II,
Castelgandolfo, Italy, 30 September 1996 5

Text of statement by the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation on the situation,
in the Palestinian territory, Moscow, 1 October 1996 5

Statement by President Clinton on the outcome of the Middle East Summit,
Washington, D.C., 2 October 1996 6

Remarks by United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher on the Middle East Summit,
Washington, D.C., 2 October 1996 8

Statement by the White House Press Secretary on the free trade area
extension to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,
Washington, D.C., 3 October 1996 9

Address by President Chirac before the Palestinian Council,
Ramallah, West Bank, 23 October 1996 9

Notes 13




Remarks by Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and President of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat at a press conference
Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, 4 September 1996



After their meeting on 4 September 1996, at Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and President of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat made the following remarks:


Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu


After my talks today here I can observe that both parties reiterate their commitment to the interim agreement and their determination to carry out its implementation. However I would like to emphasize that we have to take into account the needs and the requirements of both sides on the basis of reciprocity, and the assurance of the security and well being of both Israelis and Palestinian alike. I have heard in the Palestinian press and Palestinian quarters that my intention is to fragment, to break up the agreement. This is not true, this is not our intention. We want to advance the issues of concern to all of us and we want to do so in ways to facilitate negotiations on a final status. I also want to make clear that our position is to not only move on the peace process but to also improve the prosperity and economic conditions of the Palestinian population. We think that prosperity and peace go hand in hand and I believe that we can advance to achieve both goals for the benefit of both peoples, Mr Chairman please.1


President of the Palestinian Authority Arafat


First of all I would like to thank the Prime Minister, Mr. Netanyahu, for this positive meeting which enables us to cooperate more and more and implement the agreement. I would like to emphasize here once again our commitment to pursue the cooperation with Israel and our commitment to cooperate with Israel in all aspects in accordance with the agreement. This cooperation in all fields will continue irrespective of our critical differences. Our commitment for both parties is unchangeable. I believe that we and Mr. Netanyahu and his Government will walk together to advance the peace process, the peace of the brave. We shall not forget it was Mr. Shamir and Mr. Netanyahu who started the peace process in Madrid. I have informed Mr. Netanyahu that our first contact to start the peace in the region was with the late Mr. Begin and the channel was through Mr. Sadat. We are determined to work with Mr. Netanyahu and with his Government. I offer him in front of you my heartfelt congratulations on the election choice of the Israelis of making him Prime Minister, and we will work together as we did with his predecessor.1





Texts of three-Power letters to Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
and President of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat
London, 25 September 1996


The following are the texts of the letters from German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, French President Jacques Chirac and British Prime Minister John Major addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the President of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat (as released in London, on 25 September 1996):


Letter to Benjamin Netanyahu


Dear Prime Minister,

We were pleased to receive you this week and to re-emphasize our friendship towards the State of Israel, as well as to examine with you the prospects for the peace process. You informed us of your concern to respect the undertakings agreed and to pursue talks with the Palestinian authorities. We have since expressed our grave concern at the serious events which have just occurred in the autonomous territories and which risk endangering the Middle East peace process.

Following on from our conversations with you, we wish to make a joint and formal appeal to you to take the necessary steps to restore calm. We welcome the announcement of the decision to close the tunnel under the Holy City and wish other measures to be taken in the same spirit.

We consider that everyone involved should show moderation and carry out their responsibilities. We strongly wish to see an immediate resumption of the negotiations at the highest level between yourself and Mr. Yasser Arafat, on the basis of terms agreed by the two sides. We are making the same appeal to the President of the Palestinian Authority. Such negotiations would provide the opportunity to examine all the outstanding issues. They should enable the signed agreements to be implemented in full, in preparation for an agreement on the final status of the Palestinian territories.

We regard this as the only way of restoring lasting peace in the territories and guaranteeing Israel's security.

We are counting on your authority and your vision as a statesman to ensure that wisdom and peace prevail, for the sake of all the peoples in the region.

Please accept, Prime Minister, the assurance of our highest consideration.

(Signed) Jacques Chirac (Signed) Helmut Kohl (Signed) John Major.2


Letter to Yasser Arafat


Mr. President,

As you know, only this week we received the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, in order to examine with him the prospects for the Middle East peace process. He informed us of his wish to comply with the undertakings signed and to continue the talks with the Palestinian authorities.

We have since expressed our grave concern at the tragic events which have just unfolded in the Palestinian territories and which could jeopardize the Middle East peace process.

We wish, by way of this joint formal appeal, to encourage you to continue to take all measures necessary to restore calm. We are making the same emphatic appeal to the Prime Minister of the State of Israel.

We consider that in the current circumstances both sides must show moderation and assume their responsibilities in full.




We strongly wish to see an immediate resumption of negotiations at the highest level between you and Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, on the basis of terms agreed by the two sides. Such negotiations would provide an opportunity to examine all the outstanding issues, and should enable the agreements signed to be implemented in full with a view to agreement being reached on the final status of the Palestinian territories.

This appears to us to be the only approach capable of bringing lasting calm back to the territories and of ensuring the safety of all the peoples in the region.

We know that your commitment to the continuation of the peace process will lead you to do all that you can to ensure that common sense and reason prevail.

Please accept, Mr. President, the expression of our highest consideration.

(Signed) Jacques Chirac (Signed) Helmut Kohl (Signed) John Major.2





Text of Israeli Cabinet communiqué on the situation in the
West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem
Jerusalem, 26 September 1996


The following is the text of the Israeli Cabinet communiqué on the situation in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem issued on 26 September 1996, at Jerusalem:


CABINET COMMUNIQUÉ

(Communicated by Cabinet Secretariat)
September 26, 1996

The Ministerial Committee on National Security Affairs met this evening (Thursday), 26 September 1996, and received briefings and assessments concerning the situation in the areas of Judea, Samaria, Gaza, and Jerusalem from the Defence Minister, IDF commanders, the Israel Police, and the heads of the GSS.

The Committee held a discussion, and took the following decisions:

1. The Government expresses its deep sorrow for the victims who died today, joins in the painful mourning of the families, and wishes a full recovery to those injured.

2. The shooting on the part of the Palestinian Police, and the incitement to violence, constitutes a severe violation of the Interim Agreement, and their continuation will place the continuation of the peace process at risk.

Article XV of the Interim Agreement, which concerns the "Prevention of Hostile Acts" determines that:

Both sides shall take all measures necessary in order to prevent acts of terrorism, crime, and hostilities directed against each other, against individuals falling under the other's authority and against their property, and shall take legal measures against offenders.

The Government calls for the renewal of the political peace negotiations, in accordance with the framework agreed upon between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, without any prior conditions.
3. The Government is firm in its determination to defend the citizens of Israel, the residents of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, and the soldiers of the IDF, by all means necessary, and it instructed the IDF, the Israel Police, and the other security forces to take every step required to do so.

4. The Government expresses its appreciation to the soldiers of the IDF, the Israel Police, and the other security authorities which stand in the war against violence and terrorism.

5. The Government of Israel demands that the Palestinian Authority restrain, and effect the cessation of, the violent activities and the creation of ferment from within its territory against the citizens of Israel and the soldiers of the IDF.3



Remarks by President Clinton on the situation in the Middle East
Washington, D.C., 26 September 1996


On 26 September 1996, at the White House, President Clinton made the following statement regarding the situation in the Middle East:


I'd like to say a few words about the situation in the Middle East. I deeply regret the injuries and the loss of life we've seen in the West Bank and Gaza in the last few days. It points to the urgency for both sides not only to end the violence, but to take positive steps to resolve the issues that divide them.

Over the past 24 hours we have been in constant touch with the Israelis and the Palestinians. Our message to them is this: It is in everyone's interest to resolve their differences peacefully, to work together on security and to avoid any actions that could make progress on the peace between Israelis and Palestinians more difficult.

The events of the past two days stand out precisely because we have made so much progress towards peace in these past few years. Violence was becoming the exception, not the rule. The overwhelming majority of Israelis and Palestinians want peace, and they have been doing the hard work to build it.

So, again, let me say: I ask both sides to end this violence, to get back to the business of peace, to implement the agreements they've reached, to resolve their differences through negotiations.4



Statement by President Clinton on announcing
the Middle East Summit
Washington, D.C., 29 September 1996


The following announcement on the convening of the Middle East Summit was made by President Bill Clinton on 29 September 1996, at the White House:


The loss of life and the tragedy of the violence in the Middle East this week have been a terrible development for the Israeli and the Palestinian peoples, a blow to all those who worked for a lasting peace, and encouragement to those who oppose a lasting peace.

Earlier this week I called on Israelis and Palestinians to end the cycle of violence, to restore calm, to recommit themselves to the hard work of building peace through negotiations. There has been some progress since then towards ending the confrontation, but not enough. Therefore, after consulting Secretary Christopher, who has literally been working around the clock with the regional leaders to resolve this problem, I have invited Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chairman Arafat to come to Washington as soon as possible. They have accepted my invitation, as has King Hussein of Jordan. I have also invited President Mubarak of Egypt. He is seeing whether it is possible for him to attend. I expect the meetings to take place early this week.

The United States has often played a pivotal role in bringing Arabs and Israelis together to work out their differences in peace. It is our responsibility to do whatever we can to protect the peace process and to help move it forward. This is such a moment.

The events of this week are all the more shocking because the Israelis and the Palestinians have taken so many giant steps towards peace in the last couple of years. They have shown the world that they want peace. They know that they must make hard choices to achieve that goal. I am prepared to do everything in my power to help the Israelis and the Palestinians end the violence and begin the peace process again in earnest.

We have to return to the path of peace along which they have already travelled so far.5



Appeal for peace in the Middle East by Pope John Paul II
Castelgandolfo, Italy, 30 September 1996

On 30 September 1996, at the conclusion of angelus in Castelgandolfo, Italy, Pope John Paul II made the following appeal for peace in the Middle East:





Text of statement by the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation
on the situation in the Palestinian territory
Moscow, 1 October 1996


On 1 October 1996, the following statement concerning the situation in the Palestinian territory was made in Moscow by the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation:



Statement by President Clinton on the outcome
of the Middle East Summit
Washington, D.C., 2 October 1996


On 2 October 1996, at the White House, President Clinton made the following statement upon the conclusion of the Middle East Summit:





Remarks by United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher
on the Middle East Summit
Washington, D.C., 2 October 1996


On 2 October 1996, at the White House, United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher explained the reasons for convening the Middle East Summit as follows:





Statement by the White House Press Secretary on the free trade area
extension to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
Washington, D.C., 3 October 1996


The following announcement was made on 3 October 1996, at the White House, by White House Press Secretary Nicholas Burns concerning the extension of the free trade area to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip:





Address by President Chirac before the Palestinian Council
Ramallah, West Bank, 23 October 1996

On 23 October 1996, the following address was delivered by French President Jacques Chirac before the Palestinian Council in Ramallah, West Bank:








Notes



1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, via the Internet at <www.israel-mfa.gov.il/peace/pre4996.html>,
4 September 1996.

2. Deutsche Presse Agentur GmbH, via NewsEDGE, 27 September 1996.

3. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, via the Internet <www.israel-mfa.gov.il/news/cab0926.html>,
26 September 1996.

4. The White House Briefing Room, via the Internet at <www.library.whitehouse.gov/Press Releases.cgi>; also United States Information Agency at <gopher://198.80.36.82/11s/current/news/geog/nea>, 26 September 1996.

5. USIA, via the Internet at <gopher://198.80.36.82/11s/current/news/geog/nea >; also Agence France-Presse, via NewsEDGE, 29 September 1996.

6. Text received on 1 October 1996 from the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.

7. Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, press release No. 61, 2 October 1996.

8. Federal News Service, via NewsEDGE, 2 October 1996; also the White House, Office of the Press Secretary, via Internet at <www.state.gov/www/current/middle_east/isspeech.html>, 2 October 1996.

9. The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, 2 October 1996.

10. Text received on 29 October 1996 from the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations.


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