Israel and Syria Resume Peace Negotiations
Dec 1999/Jan 2000

On December 8, 1999, President Clinton announced that Prime Minister Barak and President Assad have agreed that the Israel-Syrian peace negotiations will be resumed from the point that they were halted since January 1996.

  • The talks were launched at a summit meeting with President Clinton in Washington on December 15, with Prime Minister Barak and Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk a-Shara.
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     Statement by President Clinton on Meetings between PM Barak and FM al-Shara – December 16, 1999

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     Press Briefing by Secretary of State Albright – December 16, 1999

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     Opening Remarks, the White House – December 15, 1999

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     Statement to the Knesset by PM Barak on the Renewal of Israel-Syria Negotiations, December 13, 1999

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     President Clinton Announces Re-opening of Israel-Syria Negotiations – December 8, 1999

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     Joint Press Conference by PM Barak and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright – December 8, 1999

  • It was agreed that intensive negotiations will commence on January 3, 2000. These talks convened on January 3 and continued until January 11. The negotiations, which were to have reconvened on January 19, 2000, were suspended.
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     Syria puts talks on hold – 18 January 2000 (Jerusalem Post)

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     Ha’aretz publishes US Timetable Document – 17 January 2000

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     PM’s Office Response to Ha’aretz Report – 13 January 2000

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     Ha’aretz Daily publishes US Document – 13 January 2000

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     Barak: Tough decisions ahead – 12 January 2000 (Jerusalem Post)

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     Talks resume in Shepherdstown – January 2000 (CNN)

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     U.S. State Department Briefing – The Israeli-Syrian Peace Talks – January 10, 2000 (Courtesy of U.S. State Department Website)

    Clinton-Assad Summit – March 2000

  • A summit meeting held between Presidents Clinton and Assad in Geneva on March 26, 2000 failed to produce results.
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     Excerpt from Daily Press Briefing (US State Department, March 30)

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     Barak: Assad not ready for peace – Jerusalem Post, March 28

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     U.S. to turn up the heat on Syria after summit failure – Ha’aretz, March 28

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     White House Press Secretary Statement – Geneva, March 26

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     White House Press Briefing by Joe Lockhart – Geneva, March 26