UNITED NATIONS (Aug. 22)
An international peace conference on the Middle East was endorsed by Syria today. Ambassador Dia-Allah el-Fattal said, in response to a letter on this subject from Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, that “events that have occurred in the Middle East region have demonstrated that partial and piecemeal solutions cannot lead to the establishment of a comprehensive, just and durable peace in the region.”
The Syrian envoy added that the main obstacle to lasting peace was the “policy of force and the fait accompli which Israel has been pursuing with the unlimited support of the United States.”
The call for an international peace conference on the Mideast was issued at the International Conference on the Question of Palestine that was held from August 29 to September 7 last year in Geneva under the auspices of the UN. It called for the participation of all parties to the Arab-Israeli conflict, including the PLO, the United States and the Soviet Union” on an equal footing.”
Recently, the Soviet Union renewed the call for an international peace conferece, which Israel, the U.S. and Britain promptly rejected, saying it would become a sterile propaganda exercise.