GENEVA (Oct. 13)
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.