Envoy accuses Israel of stalling

Monday, October 24, 2005 | 
International Mideast envoy James Wolfensohn has accused Israel of stalling in talks with the Palestinians on opening a border crossing from the Gaza Strip into Egypt. "The government of Israel, with its important security concerns, is loath to relinquish control, almost acting as though there has been no withdrawal, delaying making difficult decisions and preferring to take difficult matters back into slow-moving subcommittees," Wolfensohn wrote in a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Israel denied it, saying it has "legitimate security concerns." Israel fears that without the proper arrangements in place, the volatile border could be used to smuggle weapons and terrorists in and out of Gaza.

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