Egypt Criticizes U.S. Decision to Sell Missiles to Israel

Dr. Mahmoud Fawzi, Foreign Minister of Egypt, asserted today at the United Nations that the United States decision to sell Hawk missiles to Israel would “inevitably” prompt Israel to “more aggressiveness and more hostilities.”

Speaking at the 17th plenary meeting of the General Assembly, he said there had been “evil policies” behind the creation of Israel and that the policy of “equality of arms” had been followed in conjunction with a long series of Israeli “aggressions” which had been condemned by the United Nations.

He said that among the most serious of world problems currently was the “most ominous” situation on the unsolved “question of Palestine.” He referred to the struggle of the Algerian Moslems for independence and then said the Arab world wanted to know whether “Palestine’s turn” would come for a “decent long-overdue solution,” fully restoring “to the Arabs of Palestine all their rights.”

He asserted that a solution had not yet been found because of a “shockingly persistent unwillingness by many not to face the question squarely.” He stressed that his country’s position on “Palestine” was firmly based on “the inalienable rights of the Arab nation in Palestine” and that his country would “most strongly” resist any attempt “to fritter those rights away.”

Foreign Minister of Mali, Barema Bocoum, addressing the U. N. General Assembly this morning, said that “the Just solution” of the Palestine Arab refugee problem would be to permit the refugees “to return to their homeland and to restore their property.”

(A vocational training center for Palestine refugees, built in Lebanon by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), was officially opened today. The center, which will accommodate 396 trainees, is located at Siblin, about 40 kilometers south of Beirut. Of the total cost of $726,000, the sum of $673,000 was donated by the Government of Canada.)

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