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March 15, 1999

Baz: US policy on Iraq threatens ME regional stability

    Presidential Political Advisor Dr. Osama Al-Baz said the situation in Iraq threatens to destabilise the region as the US is pursuing a policy of confrontation in the crisis.

Speaking to an international gathering at the Egyptian Cultural Club, Baz said Egypt has no enmity with the Sudan. "We hope the Sudanese government can change its current policies, especially as the increasing influence of the Islamic Front led by Hassan Al-Turabi produced many dangerous anti-Egyptian policies," he said.

Baz affirmed that the proposal made by the Libyan Leader Mummar Gaddafi during his recent visit to Egypt regarding the situation in Sudan is consistent with the Egyptian views.

Commenting on Lockerbie crisis, he said Egypt's role in the crisis is not antithetical with any endeavours aimed at solving the crisis. He stressed that Libya on one hand and Britain and the US on the other are divided over whether sanctions would be suspended or lifted as soon as the suspects are handed over for trial.

"Libya is also concerned that the trial may turn into a political trial not a legal one," he said, adding that Tripoli also opposes the imprisonment of the suspects in foreign countries if they are found guilty.

He slammed the statements by officials at the US Administration affirming that Washington is committed to maintaining the Israeli nuclear supremacy in the region, and described this as a serious inadequacy in the US policy.

"Any disturbance in the strategic balance could motivate aggression," he said, adding that Egypt firmly opposed Israel's possession of a nuclear programme.

He said that Israel would not continue to possess this military advantage, and called on the US to suspend its unconditional support to Tel Aviv.

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