The movement towards peace in the Middle East has never been at a more critical crossroads than it is today. For the first time since Israel invaded and captured the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights, 18 years ago, there exists an unprecedented opportunity for the parties involved to reactivate the peace process, based on the return of territory in exchange for peace. . . .

I refer to the Jordanian-Palestinian accord concluded in February between the government of Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization, the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people recognized by the majority of nations.

This accord represents a historic and unprecedented opportunity. . . . For the first time, we in Jordan, with our Palestinian brethren, have structured an initiative representing the pursuit of their goals of self-determination through peaceful means.

They have also agreed to the principle that a peace settlement be based on the return of the captured territories in 1967 in exchange for recognition of Israel's right to exist within secure and recognized borders, as called for by United Nations Resolutions 242 and 338. The PLO has ascertained that the right of Palestinian self-determination will be exercised within the context of a confederated state of Palestine and Jordan.

. . . If the PLO continues to be denied a part in the peace process and the creeping annexation of the West Bank continues, how long will it be before the Palestinians and Arabs conclude that peace in our time is unattainable and struggle is the only alternative?