Saturday, September 22, 2012

Egyptian presidential aide says he’s finalizing proposal to amend peace treaty with Israel

Adviser to Morsi says military restrictions in 1979 accord limit Cairo’s capacity to defend the Sinai.
(Times of Israel) An Egyptian presidential adviser announced on Saturday that he will submit a proposal for amending the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in the coming days.

Mohammed Esmat Seif al-Dawla said the proposal will include major changes to the peace treaty’s fourth article, which governs the establishment of “limited force zones in Egyptian and Israeli territory” along the shared border with the Sinai Peninsula. According to the Camp David Accords signed the year before, Egypt may station “no more than one division (mechanized or infantry) of Egyptian armed forces” more than 30 miles from the Suez Canal.