199. Telegram From Secretary of State Vance’s Delegation to the Department of State1

Secto 1042. Subject: Draft Declaration of Principles.

1. Following is text of the latest draft of declaration of principles that emerged at end of the Secretary’s talks with Kamel and Dayan late afternoon January 18,2 before recall of Egyptian delegation was known. This draft had no official standing but Egyptian and Israeli delegations were in general, albeit informal, agreement on all parts except para 5 which deals with Palestinian issue. 5 (A) reflects Israeli position and 5 (B) Egyptian position. Re paras 3/4 Egyptians preferred to separate issue of boundaries from withdrawal and Israelis wanted them dealt with in single paragraph; para 3 represents Israeli preference and bracketed para 4 Egyptian preference. Round up and further analysis on yesterday’s talks by septel.

2. Begin text.

1. The Governments of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Israel are determined to continue their efforts to reach a comprehensive peace settlement in the region.

2. Within the framework of such a settlement and in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 338, the two governments express their willingness to negotiate peace treaties in fulfillment of all the principles of United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 and to achieve a just solution of the Palestinian problem.

3. There will be withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the 1967 conflict. There will be secure and recognized boundaries for all states in the region.

(4. Boundaries between all the states in the area will be secure and recognized.)

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5 (A). There shall be a just solution of the problem of the Palestinian Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. They will be enabled to participate in the determination of their future through talks among Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and representatives of these Palestinian Arabs.

5 (B). There shall be a just resolution of the Palestinian problem in all its aspects which recognizes the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and enables them to participate in the determination of their own future through talks in which Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and representatives of the Palestinian people would participate.

6. There will be termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every state in the area and the establishment, in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter, of normal, peaceful relations through the conclusion of peace treaties. End text.

3. Again we emphasize that this language was worked out with negotiating teams separately and did not have political approval, although paras 1, 3, and 6 were pretty well agreed.

  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, P850033–0486. Secret; Immediate; Nodis. Sent immediate for information to Cairo.
  2. See Document 200.