COPENHAGEN (Jul. 3)
Israel and the German Democratic Republic seem to be close to agreement on the establishment of diplomatic relations and East Germany’s payment of reparations to Holocaust victims.
The two countries began their third round of talks here Monday. The first two rounds were held earlier this year in the Danish capital, the site that both parties chose for the historic talks.
The East German delegation is headed by Ambassador Rainer Neuman, who is in charge of East Germany’s dealings with non-European states.
Yosef Govrin, deputy director of the Eastern European department at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, heads the Israeli negotiating team. He is assisted by Robby Sabel, legal adviser to the Foreign Ministry, and Michael Shilo, special adviser on Diaspora affairs.