Also Called The Wye Agreement

Mr. Al-Kidwa said it was hoped that the memorandum would be fully implemented. Unfortunately, there have been some contrary signals, including repeated delays by the Israeli prime minister in presenting it to his government for approval. There were also signs of increased Jewish settlement activity. Among other amendments to the draft report, chapter IV, paragraph 16, was amended to add: “The Committee welcomed the signing of the Wye River Memorandum and accompanying documents in Wye River, Maryland, on 23 October 1998, including a new Israeli operation in 13 per cent of the West Bank; the measures to be taken by the Parties in the field of security; resumption of negotiations for a secure transition between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip; establishment of the Gaza Strip International Airport; an agreement to consider the issue of the Gaza port without delay; and a commitment to resume permanent status negotiations. The Committee considered the conclusion of this agreement to be an important step forward in efforts to resume the peace process. The Committee also hoped that the memorandum would be fully implemented and would restore the atmosphere of trust between the parties, which would enable them to move immediately to permanent status negotiations. The Commission on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People met this morning to adopt its report to the General Assembly for the period from 5 November 1997 to the end of October 1998. It was also expected that the Permanent Observer of Palestine would hear information on recent developments in the Middle East peace process and on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem. The Wye River Memorandum was an agreement negotiated between Israel and the Palestinian Authority at a summit held from 15 to 23 October 1998 in Wye River, Maryland, United States.

The memorandum aimed to resume the implementation of the 1995 Interim Agreement on the West Bank and Gaza Strip (Oslo II Accords). It was signed on October 23, 1998 at the White House by Benjamin Netanyahu and Yasser Arafat through negotiations led by US President Bill Clinton. [1] On November 17, 1998, Israel`s 120-member parliament, the Knesset, approved the memorandum by 75 votes to 19. The memorandum provides that it would enter into force on 2 November 1998, ten days after signature. The Labor candidate for prime minister was a retired general, Ehud Barak, who triumphed with a decisive lead over Netanyahu. Barak, the most decorated soldier in Israeli history, had promised a new desire for peace, economic growth and resistance to religious demands.