Delegations of Israel and the PLO met in Taba, Egypt on May 5-6, 1996 for
the first session of the permanent status negotiations.
The two sides conveyed their gratitude to President Mubarak and the
Egyptian Government for their hospitality in hosting the first session of
the permanent status negotiations.
The two sides reaffirmed their determination to put an end to decades of
confrontation and to live in peaceful coexistence, mutual dignity and
security, and their desire to achieve a just, durable and comprehensive
peace settlement and historic reconciliation through the agreed political
The two sides reiterated their recognition of their mutual legitimate and
political rights, and their adherence to the mutual recognition and
commitments in the letters exchanged between the PLO and the Government of
Israel on September 9th and 10th 1993.
The two sides agreed that their negotiations on permanent status would be
based on the Declaration of Principles of 1993 and the Interim Agreement
The two sides reconfirmed their understanding that the negotiations on the
permanent status will lead to the implementation of Security Council
Resolutions 242 and 338 in accordance with the Declaration of
The two sides reiterated their commitment to pursue their aim of achieving
a permanent, just, comprehensive peace settlement and to continue to
combat terror in order to pave the way for a Palestinian-Israeli future
devoid of terror and violence, a future of peace, security and
The two sides further agreed to form a steering negotiation group
comprised of 4-5 persons from each side that would develop the concept of
the permanent status agreement, define the framework and modalities of the
negotiations, and then establish working groups as required.
The steering negotiation group will meet periodically, both formally and
informally, at such times and places as agreed by the two sides with the
aim of advancing the negotiations in the most effective manner.
Israel and the PLO agreed that the negotiations on permanent status
between them will be conducted on the basis of Article V of the
Declaration of Principles, which reads as follows:
- The five-year transitional period will begin upon the
withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and Jericho area.
- Permanent status negotiations will commence as soon as possible,
but not later than the beginning of the third year of the interim period,
between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian people
- It is understood that these negotiations shall cover remaining
issues, including: Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, security
arrangements, borders, relations and cooperation with other neighbors, and
other issues of common interest.
- The two parties agree that the outcome of the permanent status
negotiations should not be prejudiced or preempted by agreements reached
for the interim period.
Both sides agreed to expedite their common work in the People to People
program, as initiated by the Government of Norway.
Both sides decided to expedite the work of their various committees in
order to ensure in coordination the full implementation of the Interim