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Gilad to Cairo as truce talks collapse

Posted by Andrea Pompozzi su 5 febbraio, 2009

Feb. 5, 2009
jpost.com staff and ap , THE JERUSALEM POST

The Defense Ministry’s Diplomatic-Security Bureau chief Amos Gilad was dispatched to Cairo on Thursday afternoon following the Hamas announcement that truce talks in Egypt had failed to reach a breakthrough.

Gilad met Prime Minister Ehud Olmert before flying off for talks with Egyptian officials.

Earlier Thursday, a senior Hamas official said his group was leaving Cairo without an agreement on a long-term cease-fire with Israel, saying differences remained over opening border crossings into the territory.

Hamas official Mohammed Nasr, who is part of the negotiating team, said Israel was trying to avoid fully reopening Gaza’s borders. He added that his group was expecting more answers from the Egyptians who would talk with Israeli representatives.

Nasr said no date was set for Hamas to return to Cairo.

The Hamas delegation was later stopped from returning to Gaza with $9 million and 2 million euros in their suitcases, an Egyptian security official said.

The official said the group initially refused to be searched by Egyptian authorities at the Rafah border crossing. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

One member of the delegation stayed in Egypt with the money while the others went into Gaza, the official said.

Hamas’s dramatic announcement that its delegation was leaving Egypt without a truce agreement came after official Salah al-Bardawil said earlier Thursday that Israel and Hamas had drafted an agreement for an 18-month cease-fire between them.

Al-Bardawil had told the state-run Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram, that the deal would include the opening of the Gaza crossings for 80 percent of goods.

Bardawil said that several issues remained unresolved, among them the type of goods to be allowed through the crossings, and Israel’s refusal to allow an international presence at the terminals.

On Wednesday, a senior Hamas official told The Jerusalem Post that “obstacles” still remain that are blocking a cease-fire deal.

The Hamas official, Ahmed Yousef, said certain issues still needed clarification, such as whether a cease-fire agreement would last one year or 18 months and how much raw material and goods Israel would agree to allow in through the border crossings with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Brenda Gazzar contributed to this report




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