THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
| For Immediate Release
| November 2, 1999
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AFTER TRILATERAL MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER BARAK
AND CHAIRMAN AFAFAT
The Ambassador's Residence
6:50 P.M. (L)
THE PRESIDENT: Ladies and gentlemen, we have just completed a very good meeting.
I feel that we have revitalized the peace process and we've got these final
status -- the framework talks off to a very good start.
The two sides have not only named their teams, they have agreed that the leaders
will personally continue to meet on a regular basis. They have agreed to work
very hard to avoid public comments or actions which will cause enormous difficulty
for the other side in the next hundred days or so when they're trying to come
to agreement on the framework. And they have agreed with me that we might well
have a summit at the end of this process if enough progress has been made to
make us all believe that, in good faith, we can actually get an agreement at
Q Is that the framework process, Mr. President?
THE PRESIDENT: The framework process, yes.
Q When will you have that summit?
Q -- their intentions, though?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, when and whether depends upon what we're doing. We have
a very ambitious timetable here. I think the timetable is the middle of February
that they've agreed to have the framework agreement. So you won't have to wait
long for answers to the details. We'll all be in high gear between now and then.
Thank you very much.
Q Mr. President, is this more than you expected to come out of Oslo? Are you
THE PRESIDENT: I feel quite good about it. I feel very good about it. I'm
very pleased by it.
END 6:53 P.M. (L)