Washington Meeting of the
Trilateral Anti-Incitement Committee

(February 25-26, 1999)

The Trilateral Anti-Incitement Committee, which was established by the Wye River Memorandum of October 23, 1998, and which is mandated to monitor cases of possible incitement to violence and terror and to make recommendations and reports on how to prevent such incitement, met on February 25 and 26, 1999 in Washington. The United States reaffirmed its commitment to work with both sides to advance the peace process. The Israeli and Palestinian members have asked the United States to issue the following joint statement on their behalf regarding the results of the Committee's meetings:

"Both the Israeli and Palestinian parties thank the United States for hosting this meeting of the Anti-Incitement Committee. The parties agreed that this meeting--the Committee's seventh since its inception last November--was productive. Both parties attach great importance to the Committee and its mandate. In this regard, the parties believe it is essential to break down the barriers of mistrust and change the images they hold of each other.

"Both parties stressed the necessity of handling problems of incitement within the Committee and committed themselves to work in a cooperative spirit. In furtherance of this commitment, both sides are pleased to take note of a number of steps to be taken by the media, including an exchange of columns in each other's newspapers and joint briefings for Israeli and Palestinian journalists, which they understand will be initiated as soon as possible. At the same time, the parties will make an effort, consistent with the Committee's mandate, to address specific instances of possible incitement raised by either side.

"The parties plan to hold the next meeting of the Committee on April 14."

The United States Government wishes to thank the prominent Americans serving on the Committee in a private, independent capacity for their valuable contributions to the Committee's work. These members include: Mr. Mel Levine, a former member of the House of Representatives, with a long-standing interest in the Middle East and conflict resolution; Mr. Mark Kroeker, a former deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and former deputy Commissioner for Operations of the UN International Police Task Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mr. Bernard Kalb, a veteran journalist and former Department spokesman; Father Theodore Hesburgh, the President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame; and Professor Shibley Telhami, the holder of the Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland.

Source: Press Statement by James B. Foley, Deputy Spokesman, U.S. State Department.