Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Yitzhak Rabin met officers from the Middle East United Nations' peacekeeping?
Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Yitzhak Rabin met officers from the Middle East United Nations' peacekeeping force, including the man in charge of the buffer zone, General Ensio Siilasvuo, on Tuesday (30 September)
Over a working luncheon in Jerusalem attended by a number of Israeli Cabinet members and military officers, Mr. Rabin and the General discussed problems arising from the imminent implementation of the Egyptian accord with Israel over Sinai.
The meeting came one day after the Likud opposition party put forward a motion in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, to prevent the stationing of United States' civilian technicians in the extended U.N. buffer zone. The stationing of the U.S. civilians was part of the agreement -- and the motion was defeated.
On wednesday (1 October) government officials indicated that Israel may ask Egypt to delay next sunday's (6 October) accord implementation. They want to wait until the U.S. Congress has agreed to send the U.S. technicians to man early-warning stations in the area.
Under the accord, Egypt is permitted to send oil experts into the Ras Sudar fields on the Gulf of Suez on Sunday , prior to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from the area on 15 November.