Egypt and France Renew Their Effort to Have the UN Act on Their Joint Mideast Plan

Egypt and France have renewed their efforts here to stir interest in their jointly sponsored plan which calls on Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization to mutually recognize each other and let the PLO participate in negotiations for the solution of the Palestinian problem.

The Egyptian Ambassador, Amre Moussa, in a letter to Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, circulated here last night but dated August 26, asked that the Egyptian-Franco draft resolution be resubmitted for a vote in the Security Council.

The joint Egyptian-French draft, which details the new plan by the two countries, was first introduced July 28 in the Security Council but it was held in abeyance because of strong American and Israeli opposition and due to an emergency resolution which was introduced in the Council July 29 demanding an end to Israel’s siege of Beirut.

PROVISIONS OF THE NEW INITIATIVE

The Egyptian envoy yesterday reintroduced the provisions of the new initiative which calls on the Security Council to: “Reaffirm the right of all states in the region to existence and security in accordance with Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967); Reaffirm the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people, including the right for self-determination with all its implications, an the understanding that to this end the Palestinian people shall be represented in the negotiations and, consequently, the Palestine Liberation Organization shall be associated therein; Call for the mutual and simultaneous recognition of the parties concerned.”

Diplomatic sources confirmed today that consultations were underway between members of the Security Council on a possibility of an official Council meeting to vote on the resolution. Egyptian and French officials reportedly met with U.S. diplomats here to discuss the issue in the last two days.

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