U.S. Envoy Meets with PA, Israeli Officials Over Gaza-Egypt Crossing

[Reuters/Ha'aretz] Senior U.S. envoy Lt.-Gen. Keith Dayton convened a meeting in Jerusalem on Tuesday of a security working group seeking to assure regular opening of the only land link between Gaza and the Arab world. Among those attending were Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad, and representatives from Egypt and the EU. The Rafah crossing has been closed often, especially since the abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit by Hamas-linked militants at the end of June near the crossing. The security working group will meet again in six weeks. The EU has agreed to keep monitors stationed at the border crossing for another six months, officials said on Tuesday. Some 70 European monitors have been overseeing the crossing.

2006-11-15 01:00:00

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