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Swedish Jurist Picked As Third Man on the Taba Panel

Gunnar Karl Andreas Lagergren, a 74-year-old international jurist from Sweden, will be the third member of the three-man panel to arbitrate the Israeli-Egyptian border dispute over Taba, it was announced here Monday by Pinchas Eliav, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.

Eliav said Lagergren was the first choice of both the Israeli and Egyptian delegations which met here September 29 to complete the panel of arbitrators. He was not immediately identified to allow time for him to be officially informed and to accept the post.

Israel and Egypt agreed earlier on the other two arbitrators, Dietrich Schindler of Switzerland and Pierre Bellet of France. Both are international jurists. The panel and delegates from both countries will open the arbitration proceedings here on December 3. The process is expected to last a year.

Lagergren was born in Stockholm and received his law degree from the University of Stockholm. He has been a judge and arbitrator in numerous international litigations and disputes since 1949 and since 1967 has been President of the Supreme Restitution Court in the Federal Republic of Germany.

He also served as President of the Court of Appeals for western Sweden, a judge at the Stockholm Court of Appeals and since 1977 as judge of the European Court of Human Rights.

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