President Anwar Sadat of Egypt warned that grave dangers could emanate from the Lebanese-Palestinian commando conflict, at a special closed session of the Egyptian Parliament on Monday (May 14) to mark the second anniversary of his reform movement of May 1971.
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Background: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt warned that grave dangers could emanate from the Lebanese-Palestinian commando conflict, at a special closed session of the Egyptian Parliament on Monday (May 14) to mark the second anniversary of his reform movement of May 1971.
President Sadat said that the events in the Lebanon may have been contrived and pre-planned at this particular time when the enemy felt that Egypt and Syria were serious about their confrontation with Israel.
He warned Arabs there was a design to create problems in the Arab world to deflect their attention from the battle.
Excerpts of the President's speech had been made available to newsmen. President Sadat said that the battle with Israel might take a long time.
"It is possible that we may not witness the end of this conflict ourselves", he said.
He preferred to talk of "total confrontation" father than battle. April from military battle there was also the fight against American's interests and the battle of energy.
Also to celebrate the reform movement of 1971 President Sadat officially opened the new building which will house the People's Assembly. The ten floor building also contains the President's office.
The reform movement began in May 1971 when President Sadat foiled a plot by former top aides, led by ex Vice President Aly Sabry, to topple his regimes. The leaders of the plot were sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour.
Afterwards President Sadat launched a far reaching reform programme which included drawing up a paramount constitution for the first time since the July 1952 revolution. This guaranteed individual freedoms and the sovereignty of law.