A member of Egypt's National Progressive Unionist Party, Mohamad Awdeh, has criticised the Israeli standpoint in the current negotiations on Palestinian autonomy.
SCU INTERIOR member of Egyptian National Progressive Unionist Party, Mohamad Awdeh, interviewed in English
REPORTER: "Mr. Awdeh, could you tell me the view of the National Unionist Progressive Party on the autonomy talks currently going on between Israel and Egypt about Palestinian autonomy?"
AWDEH: "If we want to have areal solution to such a serious problem, we must go straight to the fundamental facts. But if we ignore the fundamental and elementary facts of such a problem, I think it is very difficult to find a solution. And Mr. Begin insists on denying any elementary pacts of this problem. He neither recognises the Palestinian people, neither recognises a Palestinian homeland, or a Palestinian country, neither recognises any legitimate rights of the Palestinians and that they have a representative who speaks on their behalf. How can you find a real solution to such a problem?"
REPORTER: "The (indistinct) results of the recent election in Egypt, where Mr. Sadat's party gained nearly all the seats, do they show a support for his policy in the peace process?"
AWDEH: "I must remind you that the peace treaty was not discussed in the elections and their was a condition that this treaty is out of the discussion and should not be discussed in the propaganda elections, so I think...concluding of this...you cannot say that is has been a proof of approval or disapproval. I mean, to have a real, genuine opinion, you should have allowed all the contestants and all the candidates to discuss this point and this point and then you can come to a conclusion."
REPORTER: "The candidates from your party were not allowed to discuss...."
AWDEH: "It was a condition.. it was a legal condition... no candidate can discuss... can raise this treaty in the elections. It was a unique condition I think."
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Background: A member of Egypt's National Progressive Unionist Party, Mohamad Awdeh, has criticised the Israeli standpoint in the current negotiations on Palestinian autonomy. Mr. Awdeh said the Israelis were still ignoring the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination. He also dismissed President Anwar Sadat's belief that the recent elections showed massive approval for the Middle East peace treaty. Mr. Awdeh said all discussion of the peace treaty was banned in Egypt while the election campaign was underway. The National Progressive Unionist Party was founded in 1976 and stands to the left of President Sadat's ruling Arab Socialist Union. Mr Awdeh recently visited Lebanon, and he gave a news conference in Beirut on Friday (13 July, 1979).