House Committee Approves U.S. Participation in Sinai Mfo

The House Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed United States participation in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) for Sinai by unanimous vote late yesterday afternoon. The measure now goes to the full House for final approval. The Senate approved it by voice vote earlier this month.

It provides for the participation of more than 1000 American military personnel and civilian observers in the 2500 -member force which will patrol Sinai after Israel’s final withdrawal next April.

It also appropriates $125 million for the 1982 fiscal year which covers two thirds of the cost of establishing and operating the force during its first six months. Beginning in the 1982 fiscal year, it is estimated that Israel, Egypt and the U.S. will each contribute $35 million annually to cover the MFO’s operating costs.

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