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Senate Approves U.S. Participation in the Mfo

The Senate has approved by voice vote United States participation in the Multi-National Force and Observers (MFO), which will patrol the Sinai Peninsula after Israel’s final withdrawal next April.

The resolution adopted last Wednesday authorizes the United States to commit some 1,000 troops and civilian observers to the 2,500-member MFO. It also appropriates $125 million for the 1982 fiscal year to cover 60 percent of the cost of starting up the force and operating it until the 1983 fiscal year, starting in October 1982. After that Israel, Egypt and the United States will each contribute $35 million annually for the MFO.

The House Foreign Relations Committee has not yet scheduled a date to vote on that resolution.