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Third world asks UN chief to further Mideast peace

Nonaligned countries plan to call on UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar to make a fresh attempt for peace in the Middle East, delegates to a conference of 34 nonaligned countries said.

The conference is expected to call for sanctions against Israel and increased aid to the Palestine Liberation Organization, a full member of the nonaligned movement. PLO leader Yasser Arafat will address the opening session of the three-day conference today (April 6). A four-member nonaligned peace group is expected to meet separately with the Iraqis and Iranians in a new attempt to end their war.

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Egypt, suspended from the Arab League because of its 1978 peace treaty with Israel, but not from the nonaligned movement despite repeated attempts by hard-liners, is attending its first major conference in an Arab country since then. Observers said Egypt's presence at the conference to prepare for a summit of nonaligned leaders in September could give added impetus to Cairo's return to the Arab fold under President Hosni Mubarak.

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