Egypt, Israel, Legal Experts Meet on Taba

United Press International

Egyptian and Israeli officials began talks with two neutral legal experts Monday to fix procedures for arbitration of the dispute over the Sinai Peninsula beach strip called Taba.

The preliminary talks were convened to name the third judge on a three-member arbitration panel and to set a date for the formal hearings.

“These talks are very preliminary and do not represent the beginning of arbitration hearings,” an Israeli spokesman said.

Taba comprises just 718 square yards and since 1967 has been on the Israeli side of the border on the Red Sea.