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After 46 years of war, dispossession and occupation, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators went to a faraway place in search of a solution.
"The formula was to get the Israelis and the Arabs of the immediate Arab countries to sit around the table in direct face-to-face negotiations," explains former US ambassador to Israel Edward P. Djerejian.
During secret talks in Oslo, Norway, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Israelis came up with a Declaration of Principles. The PLO recognised Israel as sovereign and independent and ruling over 78 percent of historic Palestine. While Israel recognised the PLO as representative of the Palestinian people, and agreed to the establishment of self-rule in the Occupied Territories.
But how much of a step forward were the Oslo Accords? And why, 20 years after they were signed, has there still been no resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict?
Empire looks into the history of the Middle East Peace process and examines the role played in it by the US.
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Source: Al Jazeera