Egypt Says Mideast Peace Requires an Immediate Israeli Withdrawal from All Occupied Territories
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Egypt Says Mideast Peace Requires an Immediate Israeli Withdrawal from All Occupied Territories

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Egypt maintained last night that a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict required an immediated Israeli withdrawal from all occupied territories and said that it supports “in particular” the need to include the Palestine Liberation Organization in any solution to the conflict.

Addressing the General Assembly debate on “The Situation in the Middle East,” the Egyptian Ambassador, Ahmed Tawfik Khalil said that a solution in the Middle East should be based on the right of self-dertermination for the Palestinian people, the right of all states to exist in peace within their internationally recognized boundaries and the return of all occupied Arab territories, including Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

“Let us make room in the Middle East for the Palestinian people,” he declared, “so that they too can establish their own state and join the community of nations.”


Claiming that the Palestinian problem is the core and cause of the Middle East conflict, the Egyptian diplomat said, however, that there is a unanimity of view in the world that the conflict should be resolved by peaceful means. He said that Egypt has “blazed a trail for peace” in the Middle East and vowed that it would continue to work toward peace. He was referring to the peace treaty with Israel signed in 1979.


In the course of the Middle East debate yesterday, the Soviet Union blamed Israel and the United States for the lack of peace in the region. Ambassador Oleg Troyanovski said Israeli aggression is to blame for the fact that the Middle East conflict has not yet been settled. He said the U.S. shared equal responsibility for the situation because it provided the military and

The Soviet Union, he continued, was ready to cooperate with all who sought a constructive solution to the problem and the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the area.


Tomorrow, November 29, the UN will observe the international Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, established by resolution of the General Assembly in 1977. The observance will mark the 37th anniversary of the UN decision to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.

There will be a special meeting of the Palestinian Rights Committee and statements by the President of the General Assembly, Paul Lusaka of Zambia, and UN Secretary General Javier Peres de Cuellar. Four films will be shown on the situation of the Palestinian people. An exhibition on Palestinian rights, organized by the PLO, opened at the UN yesterday and will be on view through next Sunday.

Meanwhile, the 15-member Security Council met this afternoon to extend the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observers Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights for another six months — until May 31, 1985. According to the report of the Secretary General, Israel and Syria agreed to the extension and it was approved unanimously.

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