The Washington Declaration
July 25, 1994
|A.||After generations of hostility, bloodshed and tears and in the wake of years of pain and wars, His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin are determined to bring an end to bloodshed and sorrow. It is in this spirit that His Majesty King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Mr. Yitzhak Rabin of Israel, met in Washington today at the invitation of President William J. Clinton of the United States of America. This initiative of President William J. Clinton constitutes an historic landmark in the United States untiring efforts in promoting peace and stability in the Middle East. The personal involvement of the President has made it possible to realize agreement on the content of this historic declaration. The signing of this declaration bears testimony to the Presidents vision and devotedness to the cause of peace.|
|In their meeting, His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin have jointly reaffirmed the five underlying principles of their understanding on an
Agreed Common Agenda designed to reach the goal of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace
between the Arab States and the Palestinians, with Israel.
|C.||The long conflict between the two states is now coming to an end. In this spirit, the state of belligerency between Jordan and Israel has now been terminated.|
|D.||Following this declaration and in keeping with the Agreed Common Agenda, both countries will refrain from actions or activities by either side that may adversely affect the security of the other or may prejudice the final outcome of negotiations. Neither side will threaten the other by use of force, weapons, or any other means against each other, and both sides will thwart threats to security resulting from all kinds of terrorism.|
|E.||His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin took note of the
progress made in the bilateral negotiations within the Jordan-Israel track last week on
the steps decided to implement the sub-agendas on borders, territorial matters, security,
water, energy, environment and the Jordan Rift Valley.
In this framework, mindful of items of the Agreed Common Agenda (borders and territorial matters), they noted that the boundary sub- commission has reached agreement in July 1994 in fulfillment of part of the role entrusted to it in the sub-agenda. They also noted that the sub- commission for water, environment and energy agreed to mutually recognize, as the role of their negotiations, the rightful allocations of the two sides in Jordan River and Yarmouk River waters and to fully respect and comply with the negotiated rightful allocations, in accordance with agreed acceptable principles with mutually acceptable quality.
Similarly, His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin expressed their deep satisfaction and pride in the work of the trilateral commission in its meeting held in Jordan on Wednesday, July 20, 1994, hosted by the Jordanian Prime Minister Abdel-Salam al-Majali, and attended by Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. They voiced their pleasure at the association and commitment of the United States in this endeavor.
|F.||His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin believe that
steps must be taken both to overcome psychological barriers and to break with the legacy
of war. By working with optimism towards the dividends of peace for all the people in the
region, Jordan and Israel are determined to shoulder their responsibilities towards the
human dimension of peace- making. They recognize that imbalances and disparities are a
root cause of extremism, which thrives on poverty and unemployment and the degradation of
human dignity. In this spirit, His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
have today approved a series of steps to symbolize the new era now at hand:
All these steps are being implemented within the framework of regional infrastructure development plans and in conjunction with the Jordan-Israel bilaterals on boundaries, security, water and related issues and without prejudice to the final outcome of the negotiations on the items included in the Agreed Common Agenda between Jordan and Israel.
|G.||His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin have agreed to meet periodically or whenever they feel necessary to review the progress of the negotiations and express their firm intention to shepherd and direct the process in its entirety.|
|H.||His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin wish to express once again their profound thanks and appreciation to President William J. Clinton and his administration for their untiring efforts in furthering the cause of peace, justice and prosperity for all the peoples of the region. They wish to thank the president personally for his warm welcome and hospitality. In recognition of their appreciation to the president, His Majesty King Hussein and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin have asked President William J. Clinton to sign this document as a witness and as a host to their meeting.|
|His Majesty King Hussein|
|Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin|
|President William J. Clinton|