President Leonid Brezhnev of the Soviet Union had denounced the Egyptian-Israeli Summit at Camp David in the United States.
President Leonid Brezhnev of the Soviet Union had denounced the Egyptian-Israeli Summit at Camp David in the United States. He described it as an attempt to split Arab ranks and force al Arab countries to accept peace on Israel's term.
SYNOPSIS: President Brezhnev made his comments after touring the town of Baku, the capital of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Azerbaijani. The purpose of his visit was to present the city with the Order of Lenin for its citizen's outstanding achievements.
At a later rally on Friday (22 September) President Brezhnev said the Middle East would remain a source of world tension until Israel withdrew from all occupied Arab lands and Palestinians were granted the right to create their own state.
Mr Brezhnev also accused what he termed "influential circles" in the United States of seeking to provoke Moscow into taking steps which would worsen relations between the two powers. He also said the United States had violated the 1975 European Security Conference agreements by launching a propaganda campaign about Soviet trials of dissenters. While in Baku President Brezhnev laid a wreath to the memory of twenty six commissars killed in fighting in 1918.
Without mentioning the current tour of Arab countries by U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Mr Brezhnev said that attempts were being made to compel other participants in the Middle East conflict to submit to the terms of the Camp David deal. He said such an all-embracing settlement was possible only with the participation of all interested sides including the Palestine Liberation Organisation Mr Brezhnev - while pushing for Arab rights - said that reliably guaranteed security must be ensured for all countries in the region, including Israel.