President Gamel Abdel Nasser of the United Arab Republic said on Thursday (July 23) that Egypt accepted the latest American proposals aimed at a Middle East peace settlement.
President Gamel Abdel Nasser of the United Arab Republic said on Thursday (July 23) that Egypt accepted the latest American proposals aimed at a Middle East peace settlement. President Nasser, who recently returned from 19-day visit to Moscow, has been holding a series of high level meetings to brief senior officials.
One such meeting was with the High Council of the Arab Socialist Union which met in Cairo on Wednesday (July 22).
But despite President Nasser's acceptance of the US peace proposals, he made it clear that he did not think the United States proposals would solve the Middle East crisis unless Washington revised its attitude on arms supplies to Israel.
Egypt's conditions for acceptance of the plan was that the Big Four Powers - the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and France - should give instructions to Dr. Gunnar Jarring, the United Nations Peace Envoy, un der whose auspices indirect negotiations would be held.
The American proposal, presented on June 19, called for at least a three-month ceasefire between Jordan, Israel and Egypt as a prelude to indirect talks.
Egypt, meanwhile, said President Nasser in a broadcast to the Nation, was prepared to continue the fight with Israel. "The last word in our struggle will be force". he added.
He questioned whether the United States was capable of imposing the 1967 United Nations Security Council resolution - a major point of which was that Israel should withdraw from territories occupied during the June War.