Egypt adviser wants change in Sinai treaty

Oct. 5, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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CAIRO, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- An adviser to Egypt's president has called for an amendment to the peace treaty with Israel over the occupation of the Sinai peninsula.

Mohamed Esmat Seif el-Dawla said the peninsula will remain threatened by Israeli occupation until the treaty is amended, Ahram Online reported Thursday. El-Dawla argued the international monitors supervising the area are friends of Israel and there is the threat of an attack and occupation by Israel.

"We were stunned when Israel threatened us with Sinai several times. The first was in June 2011, when Egypt's then foreign minister Nabil el-Arabi said that Egypt will no longer be a strategic treasure to Israel, after which Israel's News1 website leaked that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called U.S. President Barack Obama to tell him that all options -- including the reoccupation of Sinai -- are open," el-Dawla said.

Yasser Ali, a spokesman for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, said there is no connection between el-Dawla's call for an amendment and the president's official position on the Sinai peninsula.

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