La Presse, August 13, 1990
The table was set for negotiations on the lifting of the barricades and an end to the armed standoff in Oka and Kahnawake. Yesterday afternoon Quebec, Ottawa and the Mohawk Nation signed a preliminary agreement at the Kanesatake pine forest that has been occupied since the crisis erupted on July 11.
Negotiations should start the morning after the arrival of 24 observers, who will be appointed by the International Federation of Human Rights.
The agreement that was struck yesterday at about 4:30 a.m. thanks to the mediation of Judge Alan B. Gold, stipulates that the governments and Quebec and Canada will guarantee unlimited access to "food, clothing, medical supplies, healthcare, fuel and other essential items going to and coming from Kanesatake and Kahnawake."
Quebec and Ottawa will also see to it that " spiritual leaders, clan mothers, chiefs, consultants and lawyers designated by the Mohawk Nation may freely come and go in these communities.
Lastly, the parties agree to the presence of an international group of 24 observers to monitor the implementation of the agreement and the ongoing negotiations. This request had been deemed unacceptable a week ago by Premier Robert Bourassa.