His Excellency President William Clinton
President of the United States Of America
Dear Mr. President,
In the mutual recognition letters between
myself and the late Prime Minister Itzhaq Rabbin of September 9/10,
1993, the PLO committed to recognize the right of the State of Israel
to exist in peace and security, to accept UN Security Council
Resolutions 242 and 338 and to a peaceful resolution of the conflict
between the two sides. The PLO also agreed to secure the necessary
changes in the Palestinian Covenant to reflect these commitments.
Accordingly, the P.N.C. was held in Gaza
city between 22-25 of April 1996, and in an extraordinary session
decided that the  'Palestine National Charter is hereby amended
by canceling the articles that are contrary to the letters exchanged
between the P.L.O and the Government of Israel on 9/10 September 1993.'
It should be noted that the above mentioned
resolution acquired the consent of both the American Administration and
the Israeli Government. Afterwards I sent letters concerning this
historic resolution to your Excellency and Prime Minister Shimon Peres,
and later a similar letter was sent to Prime Minister Benyamin
Both your Excellency and Prime Minister Peres warmly welcomed the P.N.C. Resolution.
The Israeli Labor Party, and in
appreciation of the P.N.C. resolution dropped its objection to the
establishment of a Palestinian State from its political platform.
From time to time questions have been
raised about the effect of the Palestine National Council's action,
particularly concerning which of the 33 articles of the Palestinian
Covenant have been changed.
We would like to put to rest these
concerns. The Palestine National Council's resolution, in accordance
with Article 33 of the Covenant, is a comprehensive amendment of the
Covenant. All of the provisions of the Covenant which are inconsistent
with the P.L.O. commitment to recognize and live in peace side by side
with Israel are no longer in effect.
As a result, Articles 6-10,15, 19-23, and
30 have been nullified, and the parts in Articles 1-5, 11-14, 16-l8,
25-27 and 29 that are inconsistent with the above mentioned commitments
have also been nullified.
I can assure you on behalf of the PLO and
the Palestinian Authority that all the provisions of the Covenant that
were inconsistent with the commitments of September 9/10, 1993, to
Prime Minister Rabin, have been nullified.
Nablus : January 13, 1998
Chairman of the Executive Committee Of the P.L.O
President of the P.N.A."