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Taba Negotiations Resume

An international panel of arbiters began a second round of hearings here Monday on the Israeli-Egyptian dispute over Taba.

Delegates from the two countries are presenting their arguments in a process known as counter-memorial. The two sides hope to reach an agreement at this session and avoid the long arbitration process.

Israel and Egypt agreed a year ago to submit their respective cases to international arbitration that will be binding. But the way was left open for compromise. Each country claims Taba, a small strip of beach on the Red Sea, about five minutes’ drive from the center of the Israeli town of Eilat.

The arbitration panel consists of prominent jurists: Gunnar Lagergen of Sweden, Pierre Bellet of France, Dietrich Schindler of Switzerland, Ruth Lapidot of Israel and Hamdi Sultan of Egypt.

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