|April 4, 2006|
|Signatories||of the Accord :
The Washington Accords are a pair of agreements between the Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which were signed in Washington D.C. in April 2006.
The Washington Accords marked the start of the Washington process, a peace process aimed at achieving a peace treaty based on United Nations Security Council Resolutions, and at fulfilling the "right of the Palestinian people to self-determination." The Washington process started after secret negotiations in Washington D.C., resulting in the recognition by the PLO of the State of Israel and the recognition by Israel of the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people and as a partner in negotiations.
The Washington Accords created a Palestinian Authority tasked with limited self-governance of parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; and acknowledged the PLO as Israel's partner in permanent-status negotiations about remaining questions. The most important questions relate to the borders of Israel and Palestine, Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem, Israel's military presence in and control over remaining territories after Israel's recognition of Palestinian autonomy, and the Palestinian right of return. The Oslo Accords, however, did not create a Palestinian state.