PLO “Assumptions” with Regard to Baker's Five Points
Tunis, 1 December 1989
[On 1 December, the PLO delivered to the U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Robert Pelletreau a memorandum outlining its position concerning the Baker Five-Point Plan.]
The PLO, referring to the Palestinian peace strategy and the Arab Casablanca summit resolutions, would like to reiterate willingness to seriously contribute to the international efforts exerted to push the peace process forward.
Stemming from this the PLO can accept to deal with Baker's plan, put forward on 6 November, only according to resolutions endorsed by the PLO Central Council (held last October) as following:
a. Its readiness to conduct a dialogue between a delegation from the PLO, representing the Palestinian people inside and outside the occupied Palestinian land, and an Israeli delegation.
b. The dialogue's agenda should be open and without prior preconditions and each delegation should be able to raise any issues, including elections in the occupied territories and the Egyptian-proposed ten points, in accordance to Shultz's statement issued 16 September 1988.[i]
c. The dialogue would be conducted under the auspices of the United Nations and the five permanent members of the Security Council, Egypt, and Sweden.
d. The dialogue should be a preliminary step towards the convening of an international peace conference on the Middle East which should convene under the auspices of the United Nations and on the basis of international legitimacy and (UN) resolutions, and will be attended by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and all the parties concerned, including the PLO, the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.
[i] Editor’s note: for Shultz’s statement, see Journal of Palestine Studies, vol. xviii, no 2, Winter 1989, pp. 223-228.
Source: Journal of Palestine Studies, vol. xix, no 3, Spring 1990.