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Israel and Libya 'establish contact'

Jan. 6, 2004 at 6:27 PM

TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The head of the foreign minister's diplomatic staff, Ron Prosor, met a Libyan representative in Paris a fortnight ago to bring about the beginning of a dialogue with Libya, Israel's Channel 1 TV reported Tuesday.

Prosor was in Ethiopia with Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Tuesday, and could not be reached for comment.

Earlier, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Seyassah said Israeli and Libyan diplomats met in Vienna and agreed that an Israeli team would go to Tripoli within weeks to discuss normalization.

The Haaretz newspaper's website quoted unnamed U.S. and British diplomats as saying the possibility of relations with Israel arose in their talks over dismantling weapons of mass destruction and the Libyans did not hesitate when the thaw was discussed.

However, Yediot Aharonot's website Ynet, quoted unnamed political sources as saying "if we are talking about a 1,000 kilometer trek, we are hardly in the first kilometer."

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