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Outgoing Eec Chairman Concedes Primacy of Camp David Accords

July 2, 1981
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Dutch Foreign Minister Christoph Van Der Klaauw, completing his six month term as chairman of the European Economic Community’s (EEC) Council of Ministers yesterday, maintained that the EEC’s Middle East initiative can proceed only in conjunction with and supplementary to the American initiative based on the Camp David accords.

Van Der Klaauw’s view, contained in his final report to the Council of Ministers meeting in Luxembourg, corresponded in effect with the position stated yesterday by President Francois Mitterrand of France. According to Van Der Klaauw, there is no room for an independent European initiative. He said he based his conclusions on his recent separate visits to Israel and the Arab states.

Van Der Klaauw was succeeded in the rotating EEC chairmanship by British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington.

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