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Egypt Promises Israel to Observe the Sinai Agreements

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Israel has received a pledge from Egypt to observe the Sinai interim agreements to the letter and to keep its forces there within the limits prescribed by the 1975 accords. The promise, by Egyptian Minister of War Mohammed Gamasy, was conveyed to Premier Menachem Begin last night by Gen. Ensio Siilasvuo, commander of the United Nations peace keeping forces in the region.

Israel lodged several complaints with the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) during the past two months that Egypt had more troops in the limited forces zone than allowed under the agreements and that it was deploying SAM missile sites along the west bank of the Suez Canal, also a violation. Begin met with Siilasvuo last week. He assured him that Israel intends to observe all the clauses of the agreements and wanted a similar undertaking from Egypt. Siilasvuo visited Cairo and returned to Israel yesterday with a letter from Gamasy meeting Begin’s request.

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