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Peres: Taba Compromis Opens New Era

Prime Minister Shimon Peres said he expects an improvement in the atmosphere of relations between Egypt and Israel and a continuation in the peace momentum in the Middle East following the Cabinet’s agreement on the Taba compromis.

In a weekend interview with Israel Radio, Peres said he agreed with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s earlier remark that this will open a new era in the relations between the two countries.

Peres, in an earlier broadcast, said of the Taba issue, “It is clear to me that had we not taken a decision, things would have deteriorated.” The Taba issue, Peres said, was more an issue of national prestige than a territorial issue.