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Nixon Daughters Resolve Dispute

Richard Nixon's daughters have resolved their two-year fight over how to spend a $20 million bequest for their father's presidential library, attorneys said.

Tricia Cox and Julie Eisenhower completed a court-ordered mediation Wednesday, but details of the closed-door meeting were not released.

``It was amicably resolved, but I cannot get into the details of the resolution because the parties wanted to keep them private,'' said Jack Falk, an attorney for the Nixon Library and Birthplace Foundation in Yorba Linda, Calif.

One of Cox's attorneys, Enrique Zamora, said ``everyone was happy'' with the settlement, but declined further comment.

Nixon's longtime friend, Key Biscayne banker Charles ``Bebe'' Rebozo, left 65 percent of his estate to the library on the condition that the sisters and another Nixon friend, Robert Abplanalp, approve the spending.

The trust, formed after Rebozo died in 1998, gave the foundation $781,000 in 1999 but nothing since. A check for $1.3 million intended for taxes has been frozen.

The sisters fought over whether the library should be operated by the family, which is Cox's view, or by a 24-member board, the preference of Eisenhower and the library foundation.

In June, Miami-Dade County Judge Maria Korvick ordered the face-to-face mediation between the daughters, Abplanalp, estate trustees and representatives of the Nixon library.