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Chali Egyptian-israeli Treaty Must Be Linked to Autonomy

Egyptian Foreign Minister Boutros Ghali said here today that Egypt will not sign a peace treaty with Israel unless it is linked to the future autonomy status for the West Bank and Gaza. Ghali, here on a three day official visit, said on Belgian television that the Egyptian negotiating team at the forthcoming Camp David conference “will give top priority to an agreement including a solution to the Palestinian problem.”

Ghali will be a member of the Egyptian delegation to the forthcoming talks. He said Egypt “will not negotiate on behalf of the Palestinians. It is only trying to obtain a framework to enable them and the Israelis to negotiate directly.” Ghali said that the situation in Iran makes it argent to reach a peace agreement.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister is due to meet with King Baudouin to whom he will deliver a personal message from Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. He will also confer with the leaders of the European Economic Community and Belgian Cabinet members.