President Anwar Sadat of Egypt has accused Syria of trying to 'eliminate Palestinians' in the Lebanese civil war.
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Background: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt has accused Syria of trying to 'eliminate Palestinians' in the Lebanese civil war.
SYNOPSIS: He was speaking at a meeting of Egyptian student who are attending universities and colleges in the United States and Canada. The students are at home in Egypt on their annual holidays. Earlier, the students met members of the Arab Socialist Union, the country's only political party, and were told of plans to expand democracy in Egypt.
At the meeting with the Arab Socialist Union, the students were told that President Sadat had also drawn up a comprehensive cultural strategy for the future of Egypt, and the union was working towards this.
President Sadat told the students that Syria, in trying to eliminate Palestinians in Lebanon, was working in collusion with Israel. He referred to Syrian intervention earlier this year in the Lebanese civil war, when Syrian troops clashed repeatedly with Palestinian forces fighting alongside left-wing Moslems against right-wing Christians. 'I am upset the Syrians have decided to eliminate the Palestinians with Russian arms' he said, 'and in a manner never equalled, not every by Israel.'
He went on to accuse Syria and Israel of meeting secretly in Geneva, Switzerland, when the Israelis gave Syria a 'free had to eliminate the Palestinians'. Earlier in the week, President Sadat published an official communique making similar allegations. Syria originally intervened in Lebanon in an apparent attempt to halt the fighting, but quickly clashed with Palestinian forces. A year earlier, Syria and the Palestinians were regarded as close allies. following the intervention, some Syrian troops withdrew when Arab League peace-keeping troops arrived -- but others joined the so-far abortive peace-keeping army.