MIDDLE EAST: Alone in Oslo

Begin takes a peaceless prize

The ceremony had been planned as a duet, but it came off as more of a solo. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat felt there was no point in going to Oslo to collect his half of this year's $173,700 Nobel Peace Prize. Instead, he sent an aide and confidant, Sayed Marei, a former Speaker of Egypt's parliament. The cause of Sadat's disenchantment: the Middle East peace treaty negotiations begun at Camp David were still stalled over two issues. One was Israel's insistence that the pact should take precedence, in time of conflict, over Egypt's obligations to...

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