The Multilateral Negotiations of the Peace Process: Uncertain Beginnings and Deferred Outcome (A Documentary Record)


The architects of the Middle East Peace Conference launched in Madrid in 1991 set up two parallel tracks to resolve past conflicts and sign bilateral peace treaties along with multilateral negotiations on issues affecting the whole region.

Although the multilateral negotiations are an integral part of the peace process, little is known about them due to weak media coverage and a diminishing general interest in them. The process launched five working groups, dealing with the issues of regional economic development; water resources; environment; refugees; and arms control and regional security, each chaired by a different extra-regional party. The negotiations were conducted in seven rounds. After the first organizing session in January 1992, the multilateral working groups developed distinct agendas and goals, each with varying degrees of success. Meetings also moved from European capitals to the region, and continued intermittently until 1995.

This volume presents a comprehensive documentary record of these negotiations, their principal stations and thereby increasing public awareness of them. The book sheds light on the issues that were reviewed by the general steering committee and by the working groups, including Palestinian participation and Palestinian performance in these negotiations. The book attempts to examine the achievements and failures of the multilateral negotiations which have advanced the objectives of the peace process.

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About the Author(s)

Ahmad QURAY' (Abu 'Ala'), born in Abu Dis, near Jerusalem in 1973. He joined Fateh in 1968, and was elected a member of Fateh Central Committee in August 1989. He is a member of the PLO Central Council and a member of the PNC. A chief negotiator for the PLO during the secret talks with Israel in Oslo, Norway in1993. Served as managing director of PECDAR since its creation in 1993; was appointed PA Minister of Economy and Trade and later Industry (1994-96). He led the negotiation team towards the 1995 Oslo II Agreement and was the Palestinian representative on the Steering Committee that monitored its implementation. In 1996, he was elected PLC member for Jerusalem and also elected as speaker of the PLC and served in that post until 2003. In 2003, he was appointed PM in the PA Emergency Government. He was confirmed as PM of Palestine in Feb 2005 until 2006.


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