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Sharm el-Sheikh Memorandum (1999)

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Madeleine Albright, United States: Witness, Abdullah II of Jordan, Jordan: Witness, Hosni Mubarak, Egypt: Witness, Yasser Arafat, PLO: Signatory, Ehud Barak, Israel: Signatory
A memorandum signed by PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak on 4 September 1999 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, also witnessed by the United States, Egypt and Jordan. Its purpose was to set a timetable for the implementation of commitments made by both sides under the Oslo Accords, as well as the continuation of permanent status negotiations. The latter were to have for a goal the production of two agreements: the Framework Agreement on all Permanent Status Issues (FAPS) and the Comprehensive agreement on all Permanent Status Issues (CAPS). Specifically, it aimed at two further Israeli redeployments and the release of 200 Palestinian prisoners, following which negotiations will resume with a goal of reaching a permanent settlement within a year. Additional clauses concerned the operation of the Safe Passage between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, coming into operation via another protocol the following month; construction of the Gaza Sea Port; and issues relating to Hebron and security matters.