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The Wye River Accord for Mideast Peace
Peace Dove
By Chet Rhodes and Jude Doherty
Washingtonpost.com staff

Friday, October 23, 1998

After nine days of sometimes around-the-clock negotiations at the secluded Wye River Plantation retreat in eastern Maryland, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat agreed on a breakthrough land-for-peace West Bank accord. After President Clinton and Jordan's King Hussein interceded in the talks, the Palestinians agreed to eliminate anti-Israel provisions in their founding charter; the Israelis decided to cede 13 percent more of West Bank territory and free 750 political prisoners.

icon Audio quotes and speech text from the White House signing ceremony follow. A RealAudio player is required to hear the sound.

President Clinton
"This agreement is designed to rebuild trust."

AUDIO: Clinton announces the agreement.

AUDIO: Clinton addresses the importance of the peace process.

Clinton full text

  Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
"We will never leave the peace process."

Voice of translator
AUDIO: Arafat says the peace process is irreversible.

AUDIO: Arafat says peace will give Palestinians independence.

Arafat full text

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
"This has required sacrifice from both sides."

AUDIO: Netanyahu says the ceremony represents an important step.

AUDIO: Netanyahu says the ceremony is an important step toward security for Israel and Palestinians.

Netanyahu full text

  Jordan's King Hussein
"There has been enough destruction."

AUDIO: Hussein says it's time to move past violence and unrest.

Hussein full text


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