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Israeli-egyptian Talks Set on Compensating Murder Victims’ Kin

Israeli and Egyptian jurists are scheduled to meet in Cairo next week in an attempt to reach agreement on the long-standing controversy over compensation to the families of Israelis murdered by a berserk Egyptian soldier on the beach at Ras Burka in eastern Sinai in October 1985.

The compensation issue was raised when the Cabinet agreed two years ago to submit the Israeli-Egyptian border dispute over Taba to international arbitration. But the Egyptians have been dragging their feet, Israeli officials say.

They expressed hope that the talks in Cairo will speed up the process. The families of the victims will be represented by former Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir. Meir Gabai, former director General of the Justice Ministry, will represent the government.

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