Mubarak: Gaza truce ”maybe” next week
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Monday a broader truce between Israel and Hamas would "maybe" be agreed next week for the Gaza Strip. "We have discussed the date when the situation could calm down, maybe from next week," said Mubarak in Paris.
According to Reuters, diplomats have said Egypt was working on a proposal that calls for an extended truce between Israel and Hamas, a prisoner exchange and the loosening of the blockade on the Palestinian Strip. Under the plan, Israel would halt attacks in Gaza Strip and Hamas would stop cross-border rocket fire for up to 18 months.
Speaking after a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Mubarak conveyed he had asked his host to co-preside a donors' conference for the reconstruction of Gaza Strip in Cairo on March 2.