Chronology of Summit Talks at Camp David

T H U R M O N T, Md., July 20, 2000 -- Following is a chronology of the Middle East summit talks at Camp David.

June 28 — Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meets Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in the Middle East to try to arrange a summit before a crucial Sept. 13 peace deadline. Palestinians say lower-level talks are needed before any summit, but both sides say they will defer to President Clinton on how to proceed.

July 5 — Clinton invites parties to Camp David, site of landmark 1978 Israeli-Egyptian peace accords, saying there is “no guarantee of success” for talks.

July 10 — Barak’s coalition shatters as three right-leaning parties bolt government over fears the prime minister will concede too much to Arafat. Barak narrowly survives no-confidence motion on eve of departure for Camp David.

July 11 — Clinton launches summit behind wall of official secrecy. During a photo session, Barak and Arafat jovially wrestle to insist the other be first to enter a cabin.

July 12 — Removing an irritant in Israeli-U.S. relations, Barak cancels signed deal, strongly opposed by Washington, to sell advanced airborne radar system to China. Barak and Arafat hold bilateral meeting without U.S. mediation.

July 13 — Arafat threatens to walk out, sources say, in anger over U.S. bridging proposals Palestinians say are too close to Israeli positions. Clinton intervenes and withdraws proposals, averting crisis. White House calls talks “tense.”

July 14 — Washington bars three Palestinian officials, past opponents of Arafat’s interim peace deals, from entering Camp David for meeting aimed at shoring up the Palestinian leader. Clinton, Barak and Arafat hold second trilateral meeting.

July 15 — Talks slow for Jewish Sabbath. Sources report rising Palestinian optimism. Israelis say gaps remain wide.

July 16 — Clinton tells New York’s Daily News “some progress” has been made but it is unclear if talks, the toughest he has experienced, will succeed. Expert-level teams discuss water, economics and civil affairs at U.S. center near Camp David.

July 17 — White House says talks intensify, Clinton intends to depart for Group of Eight summit in Japan on July 19. Israeli and Palestinian sources call next 24 hours critical to any breakthrough.

July 19 — Clinton delays trip to Japan for one day to continue round-the-clock efforts to broker a peace agreement.

Barak threatens to walk out of summit, sending Clinton a letter saying Palestinians are not a “true partner for peace.”

Palestinian sources say White House offers last-ditch proposal to salvage deal under which Israel and the Palestinians would share sovereignty in part of the Old City of Jerusalem and the Palestinians would have sovereignty in some areas outside the 1967 city limits. Israel would keep sovereignty over the rest of the city.

White House announces that summit ends with no agreement.

Shortly after the announcement that the talks had failed, Barak and Arafat agree to remain at Camp David with their negotiating teams while President Clinton attends an economic summit in Japan.