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JERUSALEM : Peace, Now Land

August 02, 1994

Negotiators for Israel and Jordan will meet Thursday in an air-conditioned tent at Ein Evrona, a desert nature preserve on the Israeli side of the frontier, to discuss border problems. At stake are several thousand acres of land claimed by Jordan but currently cultivated by Israeli kibbutzim (collective farms). Land, water and travel rights are top subjects as the Middle East neighbors enter a peaceful relationship.

The two nations formally ended their 46-year-old state of war last week at a historic summit between Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein in Washington.

Rabin and Hussein are tentatively scheduled to attend the opening of a new border crossing near the twin ports of Aqaba and Eilat on Monday. But only foreign tourists--not Israelis and Jordanians--will be allowed to use it. Jordanian Aqaba and Israeli Eilat are major producers of tourist income for the two countries.

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