In November 1988, the 19th session of the Palestine National Council (PNC) meeting in Algiers adopted a Declaration of Independence of the State of Palestine and a Political Statement. In these documents, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) put forward the most comprehensive expression to date of its views on a peace settlement in the Middle East, while also conforming to the positions regarding UN Security Council resolution 242, the recognition of Israel, and the issue of terrorism that had been imposed by the United States as preconditions for its opening a dialogue with the PLO. Almost a year has passed since that time, but there has been no substantive response to the Palestinian initiative.

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