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PATH TO PEACE

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Sept. 15, 1993: Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sign peace accord and agree to negotiate phased Palestinian self-rule over five-year period.

May 1994: Details of Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and Jericho worked out, withdrawal completed the following month.

July 25, 1995: Israeli and PLO leaders to sign agreement in Washington for phased withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian population centers on the West Bank in three stages over two years.

Aug. 22: Israel to begin withdrawing forces from West Bank towns of Nablus, Jenin, Qalqilya, and Tulkarm. Withdrawal is to be completed 25 days before Palestinian elections are held. Deployment of 12,000 Palestinian police on the West Bank to begin.

Mid-November: Likely date for Palestinian elections; Israel to temporarily withdraw troops from Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Hebron for elections.

January 1996: PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat must amend the Palestinian Charter within two months after elections to delete section calling for the 'liquidation' of Israel.

May 1996: Israel and PLO negotiators to begin negotiations on the final status of self-rule areas, the future of 130,000 Jewish settlers on the West Bank, and the future status of Jerusalem.

Mid-1996 (estimated): Second phase of troop withdrawal from Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Hebron, Palestinian refugee camps and villages. Joint Israeli-Palestinian patrols in rural areas to be stepped up.

November 1996: Israeli elections.

Mid-1997: Third and final phase of withdrawal from rural areas in the West Bank.

May 1999: Final status negotiations on the Palestinian territories are due to be completed.

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