2. THE PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES IN AFRICA AND ITS RELEVANCE TO THE PALESTINIAN/ISRAELI PEACE PROCESS

2. THE PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES IN AFRICA AND ITS RELEVANCE TO THE PALESTINIAN/ISRAELI... I. Introduction On September 13, 1993, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel signed the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrange- ments in Washington, D.C.1 The Oslo Declaration seeks to resolve what is arguably the most intractable conflict of post-war history2 by providing a framework for negotiation based on respect for the "mutual legitimate and political rights" of both parties.3 The Oslo Declaration is a transitional arrangement according to which the issue of borders,4 the future of Jerusalem,5 and the final status of the West Bank and Gaza,6 inter alia, are to be determined in "permanent status" negotiations.7 7 While the legal status of these territories remains unaltered for the present, the Pal- estinian authority has assumed wide powers over them from Israel. At the time of writ- ing, however, Palestinian-Israeli relations have stalled as a result of disagreements over Jewish settlements in occupied Arab lands and Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. If this historic turning point in the conflict is not to be undermined, a mutually acceptable means of reconciling differences must be found. The purpose of this article is to consider whether the African experience in dispute settlement can inspire confi- dence-building measures that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Palestine Yearbook of International Law Online Brill

2. THE PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES IN AFRICA AND ITS RELEVANCE TO THE PALESTINIAN/ISRAELI PEACE PROCESS

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Martinus Nijhoff
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Copyright 1998 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1386-1972
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2211-6141
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I. Introduction On September 13, 1993, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel signed the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrange- ments in Washington, D.C.1 The Oslo Declaration seeks to resolve what is arguably the most intractable conflict of post-war history2 by providing a framework for negotiation based on respect for the "mutual legitimate and political rights" of both parties.3 The Oslo Declaration is a transitional arrangement according to which the issue of borders,4 the future of Jerusalem,5 and the final status of the West Bank and Gaza,6 inter alia, are to be determined in "permanent status" negotiations.7 7 While the legal status of these territories remains unaltered for the present, the Pal- estinian authority has assumed wide powers over them from Israel. At the time of writ- ing, however, Palestinian-Israeli relations have stalled as a result of disagreements over Jewish settlements in occupied Arab lands and Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. If this historic turning point in the conflict is not to be undermined, a mutually acceptable means of reconciling differences must be found. The purpose of this article is to consider whether the African experience in dispute settlement can inspire confi- dence-building measures that

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Published: Jan 1, 1998

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