Moussa: Camp David Accords ´Dead and Buried´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/01/12)
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Amr Moussa, a frontrunner in the Egyptian presidential race,
criticized the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt on Monday and
said that “the Camp David accords were dead and buried long ago.”
Moussa, who spoke during a meeting with voters in the Sohag region in
southern Egypt, said, “The Camp David agreements do not exist
anymore. They are an historic document whose place is on the shelf.
The purpose of the agreement with Israel was to establish an
independent Palestinian government, whereas today we are talking
about an independent Palestinian state.” His remarks were quoted by
the Yisrael Hayom newspaper.
He stressed, however, that “as long as Israel respects the peace
treaty with Egypt we will do so as well, even though the primary
document which governs the relationship between Israel and the Arabs
is the Arab initiative of 2002.” These remarks echo similar ones he
has made in the past.
Moussa served as foreign minister in the government of ousted
President Hosni Mubarak. He then went on to serve as the head of the
Arab League, a position which he gave up last year in order to run
for the Egyptian presidency.
A poll released on Monday by the Egyptian Al-Ahram newspaper gave
Moussa 41.1 percent of the votes in the poll. Presidential contender
Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh, former Muslim Brotherhood leader, took 27.3
percent of the votes. Fotouh is receiving the backing of Salafists
Ahmed Shafiq, a former prime minister in the Mubarak regime, came in
third place in the poll and achieved 11.9 percent of votes.
Shafiq was disqualified from running last week, after the Islamist-
dominated parliament passed a law barring former senior officials
from the Mubarak regime from running for office. A day later,
however, the election commission accepted his appeal and reinstated
his candidacy. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/01/12)
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