The Egyptian Information Minister, Dr. ahmed Kamal Abul Magd, said on Wednesday (22nd May), that?
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MV INT Reporter seated with Dr. Magd
CU'S Reporter Davies speaking
A transcription of part of Dr. Magd's statement appears below:
REPORTER: "Dr. Abul Maod, can I ask you about the current state of negotiations, and how do you think the Israeli air attacks on Lebanon affected them?"
DR. MAGO: "I think that the course of the negotiations speaks for itself, in other words they are not as easy as some people expected them to be. To me this is no surprise because after all the claims of the parties are very much conflicting. However, things are moving, on and as you can see everybody is hopeful, cautiously so because every now and then the Israelis show some signe of hesitancy in recognising the real effects in the Arab camp of the October experience. We believe it is in their interests and it is in the interest of everybody, indeed in the interests of peace for the Israelis to give up their absolute concept of security based on the occupation of the territories of their neighbours, and instead to adopt a fresh and a new approach to the whole security question based on desire of peace. This genuine desire for peace has a been manifested beyond doubt by the Arabs. Both the Syrians, and the Egyptians, maybe due to some internal difficulties, to manoeuvring, to eternal power politics, some politicians would create difficulties, or obstacles and delaying tactics. After the aerial attack on Lebanon, which was definitely unwarranted, and it could have been very dangerous because it casts a shadow of doubt on the sincerity and the genuine desire for peace."
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Background: The Egyptian Information Minister, Dr. ahmed Kamal Abul Magd, said on Wednesday (22nd May), that the recent Israeli attacks on Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon have cast some doubt on Israel's sincerity in peace negotiations.
Speaking to Visnews reporter Paul Davies in Cairo, Dr. Magd said the aerial attacks were unwarranted. The Arabs' desire for peace, he said, had been "manifested beyond doubt".
Dr. Megd urged Israel to adept a new approach to its national security, and to give up the concept of the occupation of neighboring territories.