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  • » 03/04/2010, 00.00

    VATICAN - ISRAEL

    Change of program in the Holy See-Israel Meetings

    Arieh Cohen

    Special joint statement to postpone the plenary from 27 May to 15 June. No hitch or hindrance, only "logistical needs" of both parties.

    Tel Aviv (AsiaNews) - In an unusual step, the Heads of the Delegations of the Holy See and of the State of Israel to the negotiatoins on the fiscal security of the Church in Israel and the safeguarding of Church property, above all the Holy Places, have issued a joint communiqué' that does not follow a particular meeting of the negotiating teams.

    The statement issued yesterday is the following:  

    "The Co-Chairmen of the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel have agreed on changes to the previously announced schedule of meeetings: The next Plenary meeting will take place on 15 June, in the Vatican, and will be preceded by Working-Level meetings now to be scheduled.

    A source close to the negotiations has told AsiaNews that the Communique' has been issued  specifically so that the changes in the previously announced dates will not be interpreted as resulting from any particularly problem. In this case, the source has assured AsiaNews, the modified schedule for the next few months is simply the result of a wish to accommodate the "logistical needs" of both sides, as well as to "maximise" the benefit from holding each particular session".   Previously, the plenary was set for May 27 this year.

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    See also

    01/05/2009 ISRAEL – VATICAN
    Holy See-Israel: progress but no agreement before Pope’s visit
    During the plenary meeting the two delegations made “significant progress,” but negotiations will continue till next December when a meeting will be held in the Vatican. Since 1999 the Church’s tax exemption status and the return of holy sites and expropriated and razed Church properties are the main issues on the table.

    03/12/2004 ISRAEL – VATICAN
    Israeli Ambassador cautiously optimistic about negotiations with Vatican
    It was our fault if Israel-Vatican talks were stalled, says Ambassador Ben Hur. Fr David Jaeger, of the Custody of the Holy Land, is grateful for Mr Ben Hur's 'tireless work'.

    22/09/2010 VATICAN - ISRAEL
    Holy See - Israel meet on protection of holy sites and fiscal status
    As has become tradition, the meeting took place in a "cordial" atmosphere and saw "progress." But the joint statement did not mention the dates of future meetings, which had been agreed.

    27/02/2008 ISRAEL – VATICAN
    For Christians talks with Israel are about vital issues, says nuncio
    Mgr Antonio Franco says progress is being made, acknowledging the Jewish State is showing great understanding. He looks at the situation in which Christian communities find themselves in the Holy Land, explaining that a papal trip to the region requires greater serenity.

    06/09/2004 VATICAN - ISRAEL
    Guarded optimism about the resumption of negotiations

    Statements by Mg Pietro Sambi, Apostolic delegate to Jerusalem, and Oded Ben Hur, Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See.





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