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Compromise on Taba Dispute Eludes Israeli, Egyptian Negotiators

Delegates from Israel, Egypt and the United States met here Sunday and Monday in a final attempt to reach a compromise in the Israeli-Egyptian dispute over ownership of Taba before the issue goes to binding arbitration.

Apparently no agreement was reached and the case will go before an international panel of arbitrators, beginning next February.

Taba is a tiny strip of beach on the Red Sea near the Israeli resort city of Eilat. Both Israel and Egypt claim it. It is the only major boundary dispute between the two countries since they signed their peace treaty on March 1979.

Participants in the meetings here were Avraham Tamir, director general of the Israel Foreign Ministry; his legal adviser, Robi Sabel; and Gen. Oren Shachor. The Egyptian delegation was headed by Nabil El Arabi, Egypt’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. The United States was represented by Abraham Sofaer, legal adviser to the State Department.

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