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4 West European Countries Work out Compromise on Sinai Force

November 13, 1981
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The four West European countries which are prepared to participate in the Sinai multinational peacekeeping force worked out a compromise solution last night which is being submitted to Israel, Egypt and the United States. The four countries — Britain, France, Italy and Holland — held a special conference in London yesterday attended by the directors of political departments of their Foreign Ministries.

The compromise agreement consists of two parts. The first bases their participation on the Camp David agreements, United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 and the Israel i-Egyptian peace treaty. The second part, however, reiterates the Venice Declaration of June 1980 which was adopted by the European Economic Community (EEC) Foreign Ministers.

Israel has not yet said whether it finds this formula acceptable. Diplomatic sources here believe that Jerusalem will insist that no reference be made to the Venice Declaration which calls for the Palestine Liberation Organization’s association in the future Mideast peace process.

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