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Dutch Foreign Minister Says Burden of Keeping Peace Process Going Rests on Israel

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Foreign Minister Max van der Stoel, said on his return from President Anwar Sadat’s funeral in Cairo, that the burden of keeping the Egyptian-Israeli peace process going rests on Israel.

Van der Stoel warned in a radio interview that “Israel must unconditionally adhere to the Camp David agreements. If Israel does not return to Egypt the last part of Sinai next April, then a very serious situation will arise.”

The Dutch diplomat said he was confident that Egypt, under President Hosni Mubarak will not endanger the Camp David agreements but he was not so sure about Israel. He said the 10-member countries of the European Economic Community (EEC) should make clear to Israel that the Camp David agreements must be observed to the letter and the final date for the evacuation of Sinai must be honored.

According to van der Stoel, Israel ‘s interpretation of a Palestinian autonomy formula is very poor. The Palestinians on the West Bank and in Gaza must be allowed to hold free elections, he said.

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