Declaration of Principles (Oslo I)

The Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements was signed in Washington on 13 Sep 1993, between Mahmud Abbas, on behalf of the PLO, and Shimon Peres, on behalf of the Israeli Government. The signing was witnessed by Secretary of State Warren Christopher for the United States, and Andrei Kozyrev for the Russian Federation.The Declaration sought to establish a Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority an elected Council for the Palestinian people in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, for a five-year transitional period leading to a permanent settlement based on Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973). It called for a gradual transfer of power from Israel to Palestinians in stages, starting with Israel’s withdrawal from Jericho and the Gaza Strip and ending with a final agreement on key issues including Jerusalem, refugees, borders, and Israeli communities.