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Source: Division for Palestinian Rights (DPR)
31 December 1997
DEVELOPMENTS RELATED TO THE MIDDLE EAST
PEACE PROCESS

Issue 13 - October-December 1997


Contents
Page
I.
Remarks by Foreign Minister David Levy and the Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas, on the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Jerusalem, 6 October 1997
1
II.
Text of a statement by the Council of the European Union on the Middle East peace process, Luxembourg,
6-7 October 1997
2
III.
Text of a statement by the Council of the European Union on the Middle East peace process,
Brussels, 10 November 1997
3
IV.
Text of the Agreement between Israel and Jordan on the Irbid Qualifying Industrial Zone,
Doha, Qatar, 16 November 1997
3
V.
Text of a statement by the Council of the European Union on the Middle East peace process,
Luxembourg, 13 December 1997
6
Notes




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UNITED NATIONS
New York, January 1998


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 regarding the settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict, including 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 period from October to December 1997.


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Remarks by Foreign Minister David Levy and the Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas, on the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations
Jerusalem, 6 October 1997


On 6 October 1997, at a joint press conference in Jerusalem, the following opening remarks were made by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Israel, David Levy, and the Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas:


Foreign Minister David Levy

Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the PLO Mahmoud Abbas

The Palestinian people and the Israeli people deserve a better future. This is why I really wish real success for our endeavour to revive the peace process so that future generations can enjoy peace. And my special appreciation also to all efforts also being exerted by Minister Levy. Thank you.1/




Text of a statement by the Council of the European Union on the Middle East peace process
Luxembourg, 6-7 October 1997


On 7 October 1997, the following statement was issued by the Council of the European Union at its 2029th session held in Luxembourg:

Conclusions of the 2029th session of the General Affairs Council
Luxembourg, 6-7 October 1997


The peace process in the Middle East




Text of a statement by the Council of the European Union on the Middle East peace process
Brussels, 10 November 1997


On 10 November, the following statement was issued by the European Union at the 2041st session of the General Affairs Council, held in Brussels:

[Unofficial translation from French]


The peace process in the Middle East



Text of the Agreement between Israel and Jordan on the Irbid Qualifying Industrial Zone
Doha, Qatar, 16 November 1997


The following is the text of the Agreement between Israel and Jordan on Irbid Qualifying Industrial Zone signed at Doha, Qatar, on 16 November 1997:


Agreement between the Government of the State of Israel and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on Irbid Qualifying Industrial Zone


Article I
Geographic Boundaries

Article II
Economic Cooperation

Or:

Article III
Rules of Origin
Article IV
Customs Cooperation

Article V
Entry into Force


(Signed)
N. Sharansky
For the Government of the State of Israel
(Signed)
Hani Mulki
For the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.4/



Text of a statement by the Council of the European Union on the Middle East peace process
Luxembourg, 13 December 1997


On 13 December 1997, the following statement was issued by the Council of the European Union at its session held in Luxembourg:

Council of the European Union
Luxembourg, 12 and 13 December 1997

Presidency Conclusions


Middle East Peace Process

a. Palestinian track

Short-term measures

Medium-term

b. Syrian and Lebanese tracks



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Notes

1. Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, via the Internet at www.israel-mfa.gov.il/peace/prcf1097.html

2. As per the text received on 16 October 1997 from the Liaison Office of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union to the United Nations; also European Union Presidency site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, via the Internet at http://www.uepres.etat.lu/uepres/textes/conseil/affg06oword.doc

3. European Union Presidency site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, via the Internet at http//www.uepres.etat.lu/uepres/textes/conseil/10nov003.htm

4. Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, via the Internet at www.israel-mfa.gov.il/peace/irbid.html

5. European Union Presidency site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, via the Internet at http//www.uepres.etat.lu/uepres/textes/conseil/13dec001.htm

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