JERUSALEM (Aug. 3)
Premier Shimon Peres predicted Thursday night that the Taba negotiations would be concluded within “a week or two.”
Peres made the remark to a session of his Labor Party’s Knesset caucus in Tel Aviv, while in Eilat a round of Taba negotiations ended without the hoped-for announcement that the compromise or document of arbitration could now be signed.
The negotiators had spent some of Thursday clambering about on the hills and dunes overlooking Taba so that each side could designate in plastic terms its territorial claim over the two-square kilometer disputed tract of land. Peres said there was agreement on 95 percent of the accord.
This week, Israel’s Avraham Tamir and David Kimche are to fly to Cairo in an effort to wrap up the remainder with Egyptian Foreign Minister Esmat Abdel Meguid.