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Egyptian presidential candidate: Camp David Accords are ‘dead’

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May 1, 2012 | 11:33 am

Egyptian presidential candidate and former Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa in Cairo on April 22. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Egyptian presidential candidate and former Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa in Cairo on April 22. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Amr Moussa, the leading candidate in Egypt’s presidential race, called the Camp David peace accords “dead and buried.”

Moussa said Sunday during a rally in southern Egypt that the document belongs “on the shelves of history,” Haaretz reported.

He differentiated, however, between the accords and the peace treaty that was signed in 1979, a year after Camp David. The Camp David Accords called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state as a goal.

“This agreement is dead and buried. There is an agreement between Israel and Egypt that we will honor as long as Israel honors it,” Moussa reportedly said.

Moussa served as foreign minister under ousted President Hosni Mubarak for a decade.

Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called on Egypt to control the instability in the Sinai Peninsula in order to keep the peace between the two countries.

“We urge Egypt to contain the lawlessness in the Sinai Peninsula—this is imperative in order to keep our two nations firmly on the path of peace,” he said Monday during an address to the Foreign Press Association in Jerusalem.

The unrest has grown since Mubarak was overthrown more than a year ago. The gas line running between Egypt and Israel has been attacked no less than 14 times, and terrorists have infiltrated into Israel from Sinai.

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