Israeli-Palestinian Joint Statement
following is the official text of the joint statement
released yesterday by Israeli and Palestinian
negotiators as published in the Jerusalem Post (Jan 28,
Israeli and Palestinian delegations conducted during the
last six days serious, deep and practical talks with the
aim of reaching a permanent and stable agreement between
the two parties.
Taba talks were unprecedented in their positive
atmosphere and expression of mutual willingness to meet
the national, security and existential needs of each
the circumstances and time constraints, it proved
impossible to reach understandings on all issues,
despite the substantial progress that was achieved in
each of the issues discussed.
sides declare that they have never been closer to
reaching an agreement and it is thus our shared belief
that the remaining gaps could be bridged with the
resumption of negotiations following the Israeli
two sides take upon themselves to return to normalcy and
to establish [a] security situation on the ground
through the observation of their mutual commitments in
the spirit of the Sharm e-Sheikh memorandum.
negotiation teams discussed four main themes: refugees,
security, borders and Jerusalem, with a goal to reach a
permanent agreement that will bring an end to the
conflict between them and provide peace to both people.
two sides took into account the ideas suggested by
President Clinton together with their respective
qualifications and reservations.
all these issues there was substantial progress in the
understanding of the other side's positions and in some
of them the two sides grew closer.
stated above, the political timetable prevented reaching
an agreement on all the issues.
in light of the significant progress in narrowing the
differences between the sides, the two sides are
convinced that in a short period of time and given an
intensive effort and the acknowledgment of the essential
and urgent nature of reaching an agreement, it will be
possible to bridge the differences remaining and attain
a permanent settlement of peace between them.
this respect, the two sides are confident that they can
begin and move forward in this process at the earliest
Taba talks conclude an extensive phase in the
Israeli-Palestinian permanent status negotiations with a
sense of having succeeded in rebuilding trust between
the sides and with the notion that they were never
closer in reaching an agreement between them than today.
leave Taba in a spirit of hope and mutual achievement,
acknowledging that the foundations have been laid both
in reestablishing mutual confidence and in having
progressed in a substantive engagement on all core
two sides express their gratitude to President Hosni
Mubarak for hosting and facilitating these talks.
also express their thanks to the European Union for its
role in supporting the talks."