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UPDATED: 08:27, March 07, 2005
Abbas, Mofaz to meet on handover of West Bank cities
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Israeli Defense Minister ShaulMofaz will meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the comingdays to discuss the transfer of five West Bank cities, localHa'aretz daily reported Sunday.

After a Palestinian suicide bomber killed five Israelis in TelAviv on Feb. 25, Israel froze measures agreed on at last month'sSharm el-Sheikh summit -- the handover of West Bank cities toPalestinian security control and the release of 400 morePalestinian prisoners, in addition to the 500 freed last month.

The transfer of the West Bank cities was also on the agenda of aSunday night meeting between top Israeli and Palestinian securityofficials.

The meeting was called at the request of the Palestinian side,in an attempt to reach a breakthrough after three weeks ofstalemate.

Jericho will be the first of the cities to be transferred toPalestinian control, but there have been disputes between theIsrael Defense Forces (IDF) and the Palestinian National Authorityover the size of the area from which IDF troops will withdraw.

Source: Xinhua


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