Egyptian Foreign Minister Boutros Ghali tonight accused other Arab states of a "personal vendetta" heading toward "fratricidal war" against his country, but offered Egypt's "outstretched hand" to them and the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
In a speech to the nonaligned summit here, Ghali said the nonaligned movement was in danger of becoming a pawn of the Arab attack on Egypt.
He said Egypt would support an initiative launched here Monday by United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim for an international conference on the question of a Palestine homeland.
The speech was Egypt's first chance since the summit began Monday to respond publicly to unrelenting attacks against it and the Camp David accords with Israel.
Led by the Arab members, including Iraq and Syria and joined by many of the 94 governments and revolutionary groups represented here, a move to suspend Egypt from the organization was averted narrowly in a predawn meeting of delegations today.
His voice shaking with emotion, Ghali indirectly accused Cuba and the other Arabs of trying to form "a new minibloc within our movement."
Describing alleged attempts to manipulate the nonaligned coordinating bureau -- the permanent body that meets between summits -- by packing it with militant states, Ghali spoke of "a force that while not naming itself does not obscure its objectives."
The reference was the most direct thus far against what some delegations believe is a Cuban attempt -- aided by the Arabs in return for harsh denunciation of Egypt -- to shift the movement toward the Soviet Union.
Still, while many view attempts to expel Egypt from the movement as a violation of nonaligned principles, virtually no country here has come to Egypt's defense. Speech after speech has denounced Egyptian "betrayal" of the Palestinians.
The tone of Ghali's 40-minute speech was a combination of appeal and defiance, warning of Egypt's own experience with relations with the Soviets who, he said "attempted to intervene in our internal affairs."
Ghali said Egypt "reaffirms its solemn commitment . . . to a Palestinian homeland." Addressing other Arab representatives, he said, "Together we will be able to oppose" Israel.
But no matter what the others do, Ghali said, Egypt "has pursued and will pursue" what it feels is the correct path to Middle East peace.