The Middle East peace talks at Camp David in the United States have been strongly criticised by President Hafez al_Assad of Syria.
The Middle East peace talks at Camp David in the United States have been strongly criticised by President Hafez al_Assad of Syria. He arrived in West Germany on Monday (September 11) for a five-day state visit amid speculation, that he is hoping to prod the Bonn Government into a more active political role in the Middle East. Interviewed by West German journalists, the Syrian leader stated that any agreement reached between Egypt, Israel and the United States at Camp David could not last long and would favour Israel, not the arabs. Syria belongs to the Arab hardline front which has opposed the peace initiative of President Anwar Sadat of Egypt ever since his visit to Jerusalem last November.
SYNOPSIS: Damascus is to be the venue of the third summit of the hardline Arab States next week (September 20).
Several meetings opposing the peace talks have already been held in Syria, the latest being just before President Assad's departure for West Germany. He and the head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, denounced what they termed a "Zionist and Imperialist conspiracy of isolationism" in the Lebanon. Also present at the discussions were members of the Palestine National Council (PNC), the so-called Parliament in Exile. The American peace talks have provoked accusations from the Palestinians that the United States is planning a new crisis in Lebanon. It has also prompted strong moves to unify Arab opposition of counter the Camp David summit.