Terje Rod-Larsen is currently the President of the International Peace Institute, established the Fafo Institute for Applied Sciences in Oslo in 1981, which undertook a research project on Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.
He helped establish a secret channel between the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Israeli government officials in 1992, that eventually led to the Oslo Accords, and the signing of the Declaration of Principles in September 1993.
Subsequent to the signing of the Accords, Rod-Larsen continued to be involved in the Middle East – as the ambassador and special adviser for the Middle East peace process to the Norwegian foreign minister, and then as the UN special co-ordinator in the Occupied Territories.
In this extended interview, Rod-Larsen speaks at length about the flaws and the road to the Washington negotiations, his meeting with Yasser Arafat, setting up secret back channels, and other challenges.
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