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Mubarak Raises Egyptian Flag Over Taba

March 19, 1989 GMT

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ President Hosni Mubarak called for world peace Sunday in a ceremony in which he raised the Egyptian flag over Taba, the disputed border area that Israel withdrew from last week.

Mubarak was on a European tour when the last Israeli policeman left the 250-acre strip of beach overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba last Wednesday.

In a 20-minute televised ceremony, Mubarak personally raised the black, red and white Egyptian flag.

″World peace will never be an impossible aim. It is the noble aim which can be reached,″ Mubarak said. ″Leaders of the superpowers know this and have been moving toward peace.″

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Before flying to Taba, Mubarak laid a wreath at the tomb of President Anwar Sadat, who was assassinated by Moslem extremists in 1981. It was Sadat who signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

Israel retained control of Taba when it pulled out of the rest of the Sinai in 1982 under the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

An international arbitration panel awarded Taba to Egypt in September, and in February, Egypt and Israel signed agreements that included $37 million in compensation for Taba’s main hotel.