Morsi removed affirmation of Arab peace plan from UN speech

By JTA
November 1, 2012 10:24

WASHINGTON -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi omitted from his United Nations speech an affirmation of the Arab League peace plan that was in the advance text of his address, JTA has discovered.

Morsi's remarks, as prepared for delivery and distributed by the Egyptian mission to the United Nations on Sept. 26, included an endorsement of the Saudi-initiated Arab plan, which would exchange pan-Arab recognition of Israel for Israel's return to the 1967 lines and a solution to the Palestinian refugee issue.

Morsi removed the elements in his spoken remarks, instead endorsing Palestinian statehood without noting whether his vision would accommodate Israel.


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