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Uri Savir, chief peace negotiator of Oslo Accords, dies at 69

, a former peace negotiator, diplomat and lawmaker, died Friday at age 69.

An associate of former prime minister Shimon Peres, Savir was appointed director-general of the Foreign Ministry in 1993. In that role, he served as Israel’s chief negotiator during the Oslo process, which set out to achieve a final status peace agreement with the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

He was also a member of the Israeli delegation in talks with Jordan, which yielded the 1994 peace agreement, as well as the head of the negotiating team in talks with Syria from 1995 to 1996.

Savir detailed his experiences during the Oslo negotiations in his 1998 book, “The Process: 1,100 Days That Changed the Middle East.”

However, the process eventually collapsed at the Camp David summit in 2001, by which time Savir was no longer involved in the government peacemaking efforts. Several subsequent rounds of negotiations also failed to

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