1	                    September 1993
     4	            Middle East Peace Process: September 1993
     6	     Correspondence between Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the
     7	     Palestine Liberation Organization, and Yitzhak Rabin,
     8	     Prime Minister of Israel and Yasser Arafat and Jorgen
     9	     Holst, Foreign Minister of Norway
    11	                         ........edited by Marijan Salopek
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    15	Letter from Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation
    16	Organization to Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel.
    18	September 9, 1993
    20	Mr. Prime Minister,
    22	     The signing of the Declaration of Principles marks a new era
    23	in the history of the Middle East.  In firm conviction thereof, I
    24	would like to confirm the following PLO commitments:
    25	     The PLO recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist
    26	in peace and security.
    27	     The PLO accepts United Nations Security Council Resolutions
    28	242 and 338.
    29	     The PLO commits itself to the Middle East peace process and
    30	to a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the two sides,
    31	and declares that all outstanding issues relating to permanent
    32	status will be resolved through negotiations.
    33	     The PLO considers that the signing of the Declaration of
    34	Principles constitutes a historic event, inaugurating a new epoch
    35	of peaceful co-existence, free from violence and all other acts
    36	which endanger peace and stability.  Accordingly, the PLO
    37	renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and
    38	will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in
    39	order to assure their compliance, prevent violations and
    40	discipline violators.
    41	     In view of the promise of a new era and the signing of the
    42	Declaration of Principles and based on Palestinian acceptance of
    43	Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, the PLO affirms that
    44	those articles of the Palestinian Covenant which deny Israel's
    45	right to exist, and the provisions of the Covenant which are
    46	inconsistent with the commitments of this letter are now
    47	inoperative and no longer valid.  Consequently, the PLO
    48	undertakes to submit to the Palestinian National Council for
    49	formal approval the necessary changes in regard to the
    50	Palestinian Covenant.
    52	Sincerely
    54	Yasser Arafat
    55	Chairman
    56	Palestine Liberation Organization
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    60	Letter from Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, to Yasser
    61	Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
    63	September 9, 1993
    65	Mr. Chairman,  
    67	     In response to your letter of September 9, 1993, I wish to
    68	confirm to you that, in light of the PLO commitments included in
    69	your letter, the Government of Israel has decided to recognize
    70	the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people and
    71	commence negotiations with the PLO within the Middle East peace
    72	process.
    74	Yitzhak Rabin
    75	Prime Minister of Israel
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    79	Letter from Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation
    80	Organization, to Jorgen Holst, Foreign Minister of Norway.
    82	September 9, 1993
    84	Dear Minister Holst,
    86	     I would like to confirm to you that, upon the signing of the
    87	Declaration of Principles, I will include the following positions
    88	in my public statements:
    89	     In light of the new era marked by the signing of the
    90	Declaration of Principles, the PLO encourages and calls upon the
    91	Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to take part
    92	in the steps leading to the normalization of life, rejecting
    93	violence and terrorism, contributing to peace and stability and
    94	participating actively in shaping reconstruction, economic
    95	development and co-operation.
    97	Sincerely
    99	Yasser Arafat
   100	Chairman
   101	Palestine Liberation Organization
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   105	Source: Government of Israel, Prime Minister's Office, 9 September 1993.