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                                                                 30-NOV-1993

                       THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE NEGOTIATIONS
                         GLOSSARY OF NEGOTIATING BODIES


    THE BILATERAL TRACK
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    1. Israel - Palestinians
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    a. Bilateral talks  will continue  in Washington  D.C.  under the Madrid
       formula with a separate Palestinian delegation, on the implementation
       of interim self-government,  elections to the Palestinian council and
       related issues.  
       - Date for next round of talks has not yet been set.

    b. Liaison Committee  (Cairo) - To provide for the smooth implementation
       of  the  Declaration  of  Principles  (DOP) and  to deal  with issues
       requiring coordination,  and any other questions that may be referred
       to it by other negotiating committees. (DOP Article X) First meeting
       held October 13, 1993. Will reconvene periodically as needed.  
       - Israeli delegation headed by Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.

    c. Coordinating Committee  (Taba - Cairo  - El Arish) - To implement the
       Gaza/Jericho agreement. First meeting held October 13, 1993. Will
       convene regularly during the next two months.  
       - Israeli delegation headed by Deputy Chief of Staff Major General
       Amnon Shahak.

    d. Economic Cooperation  Committee (Paris) - To develop and implement in
       a cooperative  manner projects  in the  areas of water,  electricity,
       finance, transport and communications, trade, industry, labor, social
       welfare, etc. (DOP Article XI)  
       - Israeli delegation headed by Finance Minister Avraham Shohat.

    e. Israel-PLO-Jordan-Egypt   Continuing   Committee  - To   discuss  the
       admission of  persons displaced  from the  West Bank and Gaza in 1967
       and  other  issues  of  common  concern.  (DOP  Article XII)  
       - To be established.

    2. Israel - Jordan  
    ------------------  
    a. Bilateral peace  talks in  Washington - Talks will continue under the
       Madrid  formula   with  a   separate  Jordanian   delegation  on  the
       implementation of the Common Agenda signed on September 14, 1993.

    b. At the White House meeting with FM Peres and Crown Prince Hassan,  it
       was  agreed  to  set  up a  tripartite Israel-Jordan-US  Committee to
       discuss economic cooperation.  
       - Convened in Washington D.C., November 30, 1993.

    3. Israel - Syria  
    -----------------  
    a. Bilateral peace talks in Washington will continue.  
       - Israeli delegation headed by Itamar Rabinovich.

    4. Israel - Lebanon  
    -------------------  
    a. Bilateral peace talks in Washington will continue.  
       - Israeli delegation headed by Uri Lubrani.  


    THE MULTILATERAL TRACK  
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    1. Steering  Committee  -  Comprised  of   representative  of   the  key
       delegations, it coordinates the multilateral talks and sets dates and
       venues for the various working groups.  
       - Israeli delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin.  
       - Convened in Tokyo, December 13-16.  

    2. Working Groups and Dates of Meetings:

       a. Refugees - Tunis, October 12-14.  

       b. Water - Beijing, October 26-28.  

       c. Arms Control - Moscow, November 2-4.  

       d. Regional Economic Development - Copenhagen, November 8-9.  

       e. Environment - Cairo, November 15-16.  

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