Sunday, September 5, 1999 Published at 12:51 GMT 13:51 UK
World: Middle East
Clinton calls for broader Mideast peace
The deal aims to revive the Wye River peace process
US President Bill Clinton has expressed the hope that Saturday's accord between Israelis and Palestians will lead to further successes in Middle East peace efforts.
He was speaking after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat put their names to a revised deal based on the stalled Wye River accord.
"We will do everything we can to be supportive all along the way and to achieve our larger goal: A just and lasting comprehensive peace in the entire region, including Syria and Lebanon," Mr Clinton said from Camp David.
The agreement calls for further Israeli troop withdrawals from the West Bank and sets a timetable for negotiations on a final settlement between the two sides.
"The people of the Middle East are ready for the dawn of a new era," he said.
"We must rise to the occasion and, for the sake of our mothers and fathers, children and grandchildren, turn the vision of a comprehensive peace into a lasting reality."
Syrian officials have said Damascus will only re-enter negotiations if Israel withdraws its troops from the Golan Heights.
Arafat: Seeking statehood
But he added that the Palestinians still sought their own state with Jerusalem as a capital, a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem and a final status for the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The final status negotiations will cover deeply contentious issues such as water, refugees, Jewish settlements and the future of Jerusalem.
The deal was criticised by the extreme Palestinian group, Hamas.
Its leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, described it as a sell-out, and said his supporters reserved the right to resist Israeli occupation.