Trilateral Statement on the Peace Summit
(July 25, 2000)
President William J. Clinton
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser
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
1) 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 peace.
2) The two sides commit
themselves to continue their efforts to conclude an agreement on all
permanent status issues as soon as possible.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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.