Trilateral Statement: Middle East Peace Talks at Camp David (7/25/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                     July 25, 2000

                           TRILATERAL STATEMENT

     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 negotiations:

   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

   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.


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