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Shultz Favors May 17 Accord

February 23, 1984
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Secretary of State George Shultz said yesterday that Syria’s actions in Lebanon proved that it did not oppose the May 17 Israeli-Lebanese agreement because it felt itzencroached on Lebanese sovereignty but because Syria objects to any Arab agreement with Israel.

“Some of the things that Syria is now demanding in Lebanon make an absolute mockery of Syria’s concern that anything in the Lebanese-Israeli agreement infringes on Lebanese sovereignty,” Shultz said in an appearance before the Senate Budget Committee. “They care very little for Lebanese sovereignty, but they care a great deal about to prevent, if they can, a reasonable relationship between an Arab government and Israel.” Shultz said “I’m proud” of the May 17 agreement and added “I haven’t got any problems saying I favor that agreement.”

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