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Unep Mandate Extended

The mandate of the seven-nation United Nations peacekeeping force in the Sinai was extended Friday by the Security Council for the second year of the three-year interim accord between Israel and Egypt. The new approval extends the mandate to Oct. 24, 1977.

The vote was 13 in favor with two abstentions–China and Libya. China has abstained consistently from participation in votes on mandate extensions for UN peace forces for both Sinai and the Golan Heights because it considers Security Council treatment of the Arab-Israeli dispute unsatisfactory. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim reported that there had been no significant violations of the accord during its first year.