Israeli-Holy See Panel Concludes Another Round
VATICAN CITY, MAY 28, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Members of the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission formed by representatives of the Holy See and Israel concluded a meeting with "cautious satisfaction," according to AsiaNews.
The meeting ended today with plans for the next round of talks to be held in Jerusalem in December, the news agency reported.
Meetings of the commission are focused on the "comprehensive agreement," mandated by the Fundamental Agreement, which Israel and the Holy See signed in 1993. Despite this agreement, negotiations since 1999 have had little progress.
The issues being discussed include the security of the Church's religious properties in Israel and the confirmation of historical tax exemptions, which the Church had at the time of Israel's establishment and that the United Nations ruled Israel must uphold.
The recent round of negotiations, which began in May 2007, followed a five-year stall. Another meeting was held last December.
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