WASHINGTON (Sep. 24)
The semiofficial Egyptian newspaper AI Ahram said today that “Egypt will go ahead” toward implementing the Camp David accords regardless of what the Arab rejectionist front does, according to reports from Cairo. That comment was made after the text of a 3000-word communique denouncing Egypt and the Camp David summit was released in Damascus at the close of the rejectionist conference there.
The document, signed by the leaders of Syria, Algeria, South Yemen, Libya and the Palestine Liberation Organization, included a resolution “to sever diplomatic and economic relations with the Egyptian regime, including institutions and companies and application of Arab boycott on individuals who deal with the enemy” (Israel). It also called for transfer of Arab League headquarters from Cairo.
AI Ahram declared, “The biggest mistake committed by the remnants of the rejection is the belief that the Egyptian people and their nationalist leadership can be affected by these childish resolutions…. Egypt will go ahead with or without them along the road of real confrontation to regain the usurped land and rights, paying no attention to the horns of those who trade in the blood of the innocent.”
Other resolutions announced in the Damascus document called for support of the “national and progressive forces” in Egypt against “the conspiracy of the Egyptian President”; to send President Hafez Assad of Syria “to tour the Arab countries…to attain maximum political and material support for these resolutions”; to “assign” Assad “to contact the Soviet Union…to discuss the possibility of developing the relations between the Soviet Union and the (rejection) front; to contact non-aligned countries and Islamic organizations for that purpose, also to call for a special meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise by the Palestinian People of its Undisputed National Rights; and to ask the UN Secretary General that the world organization reject “any document or agreement contradicting with the UN resolutions relevant to the Palestinian question.”