Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, accepted a peace award at the start of an international law conference which he opened on September 26.
CAIRO, EGYPT SEPTEMBER 26, 1983 (REUTERS - MOHAMMAD FAHMY)
GV Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak walks to rostrum to applause, audience takes seats.
GV PAN Audience and Mubarak receiving award to applause.
SV Crowd applauds as Mubarak and conference president Charles S. Ryan shake hands. (2 SHOTS)
SV Officials listen as Mubarak speaks. (English SOT) (4 SHOTS) TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: MUBARAK: "The Egyptian people have joined me in admiring your dedication to the cause of promoting worthy peace through law. We highly value your contribution to the protection of human rights. We share this commitment; it is significant also that you chose Cairo as the site of the conference. Egypt is, and will remain always, a bastion of peace and justice. This is our sacred mission and eternal commitment."
Background: Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, accepted a peace award at the start of an international law conference which he opened on September 26. The award was handed to him by the conference President, Charles S. Ryan, who is chairman of the International Court of Justice, on behalf of the International Peace Society. Mr. Mubarak told conference delegates who included Israeli officials, that the Egyptian people joined in his admiration of their cause in promoting "worthy peace through worthy peace law". He said it was significant that Cairo had been chose for the conference because Egypt was, and would always be, a "bastion of peace and justice". But he made a sharp attack on Israel and blamed the country for the recent bloodshed in Lebanon. He urged the five-day conference to come strongly against Israel's policies in Arab-occupied lands. Egypt is the first, and so far the only, Arab state to have signed a peace treaty with Israel. Relations between the two countries have plunged to their lowest level since the invasion of Lebanon and the massacre of Palestinian refugees in two Beirut camps. A few hours after Mr. Mubarak's verbal attack, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Boutros Ghali held a 45-minute meeting with members of Israel's delegation to the law conference. The Israelis were told that Egyptian remained firmly committed to the restoration of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.