WEST BANK: ISRAELI TROOPS BEGIN WITHDRAWAL (3)
Date: 01/05/2000 05:00 AM
XFA Yosef Camp, near Nablus, West Bank - January 5, 2000
0.22 - 0.30 - Palestinians arriving in van with flag
0.30 - 0.38 - Palestinians with flag
0.38 - 0.41 - Palestinians attaching flag to pole
0.42 - 0.51 - Flag being winched up
0.51 - 0.54 - People applauding
0.54 - 1.00 - Flag flying
1.00 - 1.04 - Wide shot of village
1.04 - 1.08 - Village rooftops
1.08 - 1.12 - Children on road
1.12 - 1.16 - Set up shot
1.16 - 1.27 - SOUNDBITE: (English) Fauzi Al Barguthi, Palestinian
1.27 - 1.32 - Wide shot of village
1.32 - 1.37 - Minaret and village
1.37 - 1.40 - Wide shot of village
Voice and effects
VOICED BY: Richard Vaughan
Israeli troops have begun to withdraw from the West Bank.
The pullout follows a breakthrough on Tuesday that ended weeks of deadlock.
Israel and Palestinian negotiators signed an agreement that will pull Israeli troops out of 5 percent of the West Bank before the weekend.
The Israeli flag was lowered by troops at the Yosef Camp near Nablus for the last time.
The withdrawal came after Tuesday's breakthrough by negotiators.
The land should have been handed over last November, but was delayed when Israel demanded the right to decide which areas it would give up.
A handshake sealed the transfer to shared rule between the Israelis and Palestinians.
They now share control of an additional 3 percent of the West Bank near the towns of Nablus, Jenin and Hebron.
The Palestinians also won outright control of an additional 2 percent near Ramallah.
At the Yosef base the Palestinians were eager to raise their flag on the vacant mast.
They hope the Israeli withdrawal will pave the way for a final peace settlement and the declaration of Palestine as an independent state.
Both sides must now meet a February 13 deadline for the creation of a framework document for a final settlement.
In villages across the West Bank, news of the withdrawal has been welcomed.
Many Palestinians feel they could soon see the end of Israeli control.
Although the withdrawal was small, they see any move forward as a chance of achieving peace.
"Every step for progress between us and Israel, to build peace between the two people is very important."
SUPER CAPTION: Fauzi Al Barguthi, Palestinian
But there is still a wide gulf between the two sides.
The Palestinians want all of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as east Jerusalem - but Israel wants to keep all of Jerusalem and nearly half the West Bank.
VISION ENDS: 1.40