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Envoy Accuses Israel of Delaying Gaza Crossing

An international envoy has accused Israel of delaying agreements to open a key border crossing for the Gaza Strip.

James Wolfensohn wrote in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the delays are preventing him from moving on to larger issues such as the revival of the Palestinian economy.

Mr. Wolfensohn said in the October 17 letter that because of security concerns, Israel is acting almost as though there had not been a withdrawal, delaying difficult decisions.

Israel denied it is delaying and said it had vital security considerations.

The Rafah foot crossing to Egypt has been largely shut over concerns of arms smuggling since Israeli troops left the Gaza Strip.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.