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Court rejects lawsuit against peace treaty

February 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

A Cairo court has thrown out a lawsuit calling for the abolition of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. The court ruled that the issue is a “matter of sovereignty”.

The Court of Administrative Justice in Giza said that the future of the treaty, known colloquially as Camp David, could only be decided by the president of the republic.

Three lawyers, who are members of Egypt’s Revolutionary Youth Union, had filed the lawsuit against President Mohamed Morsi, Prime Minister Hisham Qandil and Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr to demand the cancellation of the 1978 peace treaty.

The plaintiffs argued that the limited Egyptian military presence in the Sinai Peninsula stipulated by the treaty led to the emergence of militant groups which threaten the country’s national security.

Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr commented, “There is no intention to amend the peace treaty signed with Israel at this stage, but if it needs to be amended, then it will be amended.”

Last month, a spokesman for President Morsi said that Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel did not require modification at the present time. Yasser Ali stressed that Egypt has the capability to maintain control over the Sinai Peninsula and restore security on its territory.