CAIRO: Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said that the Egyptian team responsible for recovering Taba observed the members of the International Court of Justice before they went to arbitration, Youm7 reported.
During an interview with CBC TV channel, Arabi said he was Egypt’s agent in the case of recovering Taba from Israel and that the Israeli government sought to reconcile with Egypt but Arabi refused because it was illegal.
Arabi headed the negotiations with Israel in 1983, which lasted for two months, El-Balad reported.
He said his team convinced Israel to go to arbitration, pointing out that they faced many troubles back then.
“Israel occupied Sinai in 1956 before withdrawing in 1957, and that the Egyptian team tried to determine the old international borders between Egypt and Israel,” Arabi said.
He said the former Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abul Naga played a significant role in researching of the international borders in the archives of the United Nations, Youm7 reported.
During the celebrations of Sinai Liberation on April 25, Interim President Adly Mansour decided to give a State Medal of Honor to the members of the high national council of Taba and the members of the Egyptian arbitration team, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
Additional reporting by Samir Hosni.