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Ayalon-Nusseibeh Declaration of Principles (2002)

Ami Ayalon, Israel: Author, Sari Nusseibeh, PLO: Author
A short document drafted by Palestinian academic and PLO representative in Jerusalem Sari Nusseibeh, and former head of the Israeli General Security Service Ami Ayalon, on 27 July 2002. The document outlined six principles for a Palestinian-Israeli final status agreement: a two-state solution, with Israel and Palestine as the exclusive states of Jews and Palestinians respectively; borders based on the 1967 lines with territorial exchange, with a link between the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and no Israeli settlers remaining in Palestine; partition of Jerusalem along ethnic lines, with no sovereignty over the holy sites, while Palestine and Israel would serve as "guardians" of the Muslim and Jewish holy sites respectively, and the status quo maintained with regard to Christian sites; return of Palestinian refugees to Palestine only, with Israel taking part in a compensation mechanism; a demilitarized Palestinian state, with the international community guaranteeing its safety and independence; and a declaration on the end of the conflict and all related claims.