Egypt to help with Gaza security

Egypt has committed itself to restructuring the Palestinian security services in Gaza, a senior Palestinian official has said.

    Egypt is willing by to help prepare the PA to secure Gaza

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's security adviser Jibril Rajoub said in an interview published on Thursday that the Egyptians are willing to prepare Palestinians for taking over security responsibilities in the Gaza Strip should Israel pull out.  

    Rajoub told the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam that this pledge was conveyed to the Palestinian Authority by Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.

    Suleiman "told president Yasser Arafat that Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was committed to rehabilitating and training the Palestinian security services so that they could meet the demands of future developments," Rajoub told the newspaper.

    He was referring to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's so-called disengagement plan, which includes unilateral steps such as pulling out from most of the Gaza Strip and building the separation barrier in the West Bank.

    Cairo meeting

    Rajoub's announcement comes as Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom was meeting with Egyptian officials in Cairo to discuss Egypt's role in guaranteeing security in the flashpoint Gaza Strip after a possible pull-out.

    Egypt has echoed the Palestinian opposition to a withdrawal outside the framework of a negotiated agreement.

    Rajoub stressed that Egypt "insists on withdrawal planned in coordination with the Palestinian Authority and says it is ready to help it in enforcing law and order in the event of a pull-out from the Gaza Strip".

    Suleiman met with Sharon on Monday to discuss the details of the disengagement plan.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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