Israel Will Not Participate in Peace Conference on the Mideast

Yehuda Blum, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, told Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar that Israel will not participate in an “International Peace Conference on the Middle East.”

In a letter to the Secretary General, Blum, replying to an earlier letter on the issue by de Cuellar, recalled that Israel voted against such a conference in the last General Assembly. The Israeli Ambassador declared that Israel’s position is “that the sole path to a peaceful settlement in the Middle East is that of direct negotiations, based on Security Council Resolution 242 — which has already proven effective in bringing about the Camp David accords and, through them, the Israeli-Egyptian treaty of peace of March 26, 1979.”

Blum explained that the General Assembly resolution adopted on December 13, 1983, calling for an international Peace Conference on the Middle East, is “contrary both to the Camp David accords and Security Council Resolution 242 on which they are based.” Blum’s letter to the Secretary General was sent last Thursday and circulated here on Friday.

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