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Arafat: Implement Peace Accords

July 20, 1999

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) _ A U.S.-Israel 15-month timetable for making peace deals with the Arabs is ``unacceptable,″ Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said Tuesday, demanding immediate implementation of signed agreements.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak wants to wrap the stalled Wye River accords, brokered by the United States last October and frozen two months later, into final status talks with the Palestinians.

In a weekend meeting with President Clinton, Barak obtained Clinton’s agreement to set a 15-month timetable for reviving the peace process. U.S.-Israel committees would review the process every four months and would report directly to the two leaders.

``We don ’t accept this,″ Arafat said, returning from a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. ``We accept only the immediate and speedy implementation of Wye River Memorandum and the Hebron Protocol and the other agreements.″

The 15-month arrangement does not necessarily delay implementation of the Wye accords, but the thrust of such an arrangement _ the integration of all tracks of Israeli-Arab talks _ might relay Wye to a backburner.

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