Peres to discuss economic aspects of pullout at Davos (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Ora Coren DAVOS, Switzerland 01/28/05)
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DAVOS, Switzerland - Vice Premier Shimon Peres is due to meet with
Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayad today, the first such
meeting between the two sides, in order to coordinate economic
aspects of the disengagement plan.
The meeting will take place during the annual economic conference
organized by the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.
Following the meeting, Peres and Fayad will participate in a session
that will focus on the diplomatic process between Israel and the
Palestinians. Industry and Trade Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian
Economy Minister Maher al-Masri will join Foreign Ministers Silvan
Shalom and Nabil Sha´ath on the panel.
Conference organizers hinted that newly elected Palestinian Authority
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is likely to take part in the conference
A possible meeting with Peres is likely if Abbas does visit Davos.
"The immediate matter that I will discuss with Fayad will be the
easing of restrictions at the crossing points," Peres said.
He added that Israel intends to authorize the installation of
electronic scanners at the border crossings between the two sides in
order to shorten the time lag for the transfer of goods.
"We shall try to reach an agreement for the joint funding [of the
scanners] with the World Bank," he said.
Peres noted that Israel is willing to allow the employment of 35,000
Palestinians in Israel by 2008.
The original Israeli plan called for the gradual reduction in the
number of Palestinians working in Israel to the point of ending the
practice entirely. (© Copyright 2005 Haaretz. 01/28/05)
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