The Egyptian Foreign Minister, General Kemal Hassan Ali, has accused the American government of trying to revive the Middle East peace talks for "election purposes".
GV EXTERIOR Peoples' Assembly, Cairo
SV PAN INTERIOR Audience listening
CU General Kemal Hassan Ali, deputy premier and Foreign Minister speaking in Arabic
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Background: The Egyptian Foreign Minister, General Kemal Hassan Ali, has accused the American government of trying to revive the Middle East peace talks for "election purposes". General Hassan told the Peoples' Assembly in Cairo on Saturday (30 August) that Israel had broken promises it has given to Egypt regarding Palestinian autonomy, and that President Carter was trying to exploit the situation for domestic political gain.
SYNOPSIS: General Hassan made the charges in as address to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Peoples' Assembly. He said the American public was being led to believe that the Middle East peace process was still achieving positive results.
Egypt broke off Palestinian autonomy talks with Israel in August to protest against a new Israeli law, which declared Jewish sovereignty over the Arab quarter of Jerusalem. General Hassan told the committee that no talks could continue while Israel took such measures.
He went on to accuse Israel of breaking pledges given in private to Egyptian and American negotiators. Observers believe General Hassan's statement may jeopardise a visit to Cairo by President Carter's special envoy, Sol Linowitz. Mr. Linowitz is due in Cairo on Wednesday (3 September) to try to persuade Egypt to resume talks with Israel.
General Hassan said the American administration viewed the Camp David accords as an important asset in President Carter's re-election campaign, and wanted the talks to re-commence. President Sadat has recently referred to sharp differences between Egypt and the US over the negotiations. General Hassan's remarks are the first open accusation that Mr. Carter was using the talks as a means of boosting his chances of re-election in November.