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Egypt expresses great concern over Israel's decision not to renew Hebron observers’ mandate

The Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) was established in the wake of the Oslo Accords, as an international observer force in the settler-besieged West Bank city

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Feb 2019
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Filephoto: An armed Jewish settler walks past a Palestinian on Shuhada Street, in the West Bank city of Hebron REUTERS
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Egypt expressed Sunday great concern over Israel's decision not to renew the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) — an international monitoring group in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron — a statement by Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez said. 

Hafez stressed "the need to avoid any unilateral decisions that violate the provisions of the 1995 Oslo Accords, and complicate efforts to resume negotiations between the parties to establish a comprehensive and just peace on the basis of a two-state solution in accordance with the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy."

Israeli Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu said last Monday he would not extend its mandate, accusing it of bias following a number of incidents over the past year between its members and Jewish settlers in Hebron.

Hafez reiterated Egypt's firm position on the Palestinian issue and its full support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. 

The establishment of TIPH was based on the 1993 Oslo Accords agreed between Israel and the Palestinians, which stipulated an international observer force in the West Bank city.

Israeli Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu said last Monday he would not extend its mandate, accusing it of bias following a number of incidents over the past year between its members and Jewish settlers in Hebron.

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