On Tuesday (15 July) Egypt informed the United Nations Secretary General that it would not extend the mandate of the U.
LV INT Fahmy at news conference (MUTE)
CU & SV Fahmy speaks (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: FAHMY: "Today the permanent representative of Egypt at the United Nations handed the Secretary General a letter from me which will be distributed to all of you very soon. If a deterioration of the situation will take place, it will be entirely the responsibility of the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Rabin. It falls upon him and his government, any immediate consequences which may take place as a result of the line he takes. Egypt is not against the proper use of the Force. Egypt only objects to the use of the Force and its presence by Israel as a means to maintain the state of no-war-no-peace. Are we to accept the situation of the occupation of Egyptian territory in defiance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and international law? We welcome the United States efforts and we believe that the American President and the Secretary of State know exactly the Egyptian position and its logical and reasonable position. And this is why we are not standing against the continuation of their efforts."
This film comes serviced with English remarks by Foreign Minister Fahmy.
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Background: On Tuesday (15 July) Egypt informed the United Nations Secretary General that it would not extend the mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Sinai Desert under present conditions. The current peacekeeping mandate expires on 24 July.
In a news conference in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy said his country was not opposed to the existence of the force but was opposed to its existence under the present state of "no war, no peace". He left open the question of whether Egypt would agree to the continued presence of the peacekeeping force if the U.N. here to act against Israel. Egypt believes Israel is taking advantage of the present situation to strengthen its occupation of Arab territories. Israel, however, is interpreting the Egyptian move as a pressure tactic to force it to give in to Egyptian demands backed up by United States pressure, to withdraw from the strategic Sinai Passes at Gidi and Mitla. But Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzak Rabin, has said Israel will not be hurried and will not accept any deadline.
Mr. Rabin said it would damage peace seeking efforts if Egypt goes ahead with its plan to expel the U.N. force. He said Israel would be asking for a six month extension of the mandate.