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Sinai Peacekeeping Force

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Prime Minister whether the public remarks made by the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary at a press briefing for Arab journalists based in London on 2 November, in which he said that he could not agree with all eight points of the Fahd plan and that the United Kingdom could take a small part in the proposed Sinai peacekeeping force, represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

Yes. We have welcomed Crown Prince Fahd's eight principles as a positive contribution to the search for peace in the Middle East and agree with President Reagan that they can be a beginning point for negotiations. Nevertheless, some of the principles cover areas which we believe are best left for negotiations between the parties concerned.On our participation in the Sinai peacekeeping force, I refer my hon. Friend to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal on 23 November.