The United Arab Republic's Foreign Minister, Mr Mahmoud Riad, in the United Nations yesterday (October 16th) denied Israeli claims that the U.
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Background: The United Arab Republic's Foreign Minister, Mr Mahmoud Riad, in the United Nations yesterday (October 16th) denied Israeli claims that the U.A.R. had broken the Middle East ceasefire agreement.
He alleged the Israelis themselves had violated the ceasefire on numerous occasions, and accused the United States of scuttling its own peace initiative and perpetuating the state of war in the Middle East.
Mr Riad's speech was the U.A.R.'s first major statement since the election of Mr Anwar Sadat as President following the death of President Nasser.
The Foreign Minister told the 127-nation Assembly that his country had completed its missile defence network, but this had been done without any violation of the ceasefire agreement.
In claiming numerous Israeli violations, Mr Riad submitted to the Assembly a detailed list of the alleged violations, including new fieldworks in the standstill zone.
He said that when the U.A.R. complained to the United States about the alleged Israeli violations, the Americans replied that the Israeli work was maintenance work. But he claimed that maintenance work carried out on the U.A.R.'s air defence 125 miles (200 km) from its international frontiers was held to be wrong and caused the suspension of the peace mission and withdrawal of the United States from the big four talks.