2006-11-03 / Community

Weiner: Suspend Aid To Egypt To End Smuggling

In light of Egypt's clear failure to comply with an international agreement signed in 2005, Representative Anthony Weiner, along with Representative Dan Burton (R-IN), has called on the United States to suspend military aid to Egypt.

Egyptian military aid "should be suspended until Egypt honors its word and clamps down on arms smuggling," Reps. Weiner and Burton wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Reports indicate that weapons smuggling between Sinai and Gaza is on the rise over the last year in violation of a 2005 addition to the Camp David Accords, which required Egypt to crack down on arms trafficking.

Not only have the Egyptians failed to fulfill their end of the agreement, but Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz said that Egypt would not deploy additional troops needed to secure the border.

Smugglers have been utilizing a network of more than 100 underground tunnels between Gaza and Sinai dug by Palestinian militants.

"There will never be peace in the West Bank and Gaza as long as supposed allies in the region fuel the violence," Weiner and Burton added.

Each year, the United States provides over $1 billion in military aid to Egypt. Since 1979, Egypt ranks as the second largest recipient, after Israel, of U.S. foreign assistance.

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