Israeli and Egyptian negotiators on Sunday (13 July) failed to agree on an agenda for their first round of talks on Palestinian autonomy.
CU Israeli Minister of Justice, Shmuel Tamir, head of Israeli delegation speaking in English with Egyptian Minister of State Boutros Ghali, sitting on left of picture.
SV PAN Ghali talking in English with reporters and cameramen filming him. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Ghali walking through to meeting.
SV Delegates sitting down to meeting including Ghali. (3 SHOTS)
TAMIR: "We are conducting these negotiations without any preconditions. I believe they should come and sit around the green table without any pre-conditions. We want it, we like to see them with us. This applies as well to Jordan, and I believe there is every reason for them to come and join n the negotiations, to raise any requests or demands that they feel that are justified to raise and everything will be negotiated. And this the present Israeli government did for the first time since the establishment of Israel. And this is the major element of striving towards normalisation and peace with the Arabs of Judaea, Samaaria and the Gaza Strips."
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Background: Israeli and Egyptian negotiators on Sunday (13 July) failed to agree on an agenda for their first round of talks on Palestinian autonomy. But the two sides did agree to resume negotiations the following day. The Israeli Minister for Justice, Shmuel Tamir, accompanied by the Egyptian Minister of State, Boutros Ghali, spoke about his hopes that Saudi Arabia would join the negotiations.
SYNOPSIS: The Egyptian Minister of State and chief negotiator, Boutros Ghali, told media representatives that what was important was to create a climate of confidence in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. He said he had challenged the issues that had led Egypt to pull out of the talks two months ago. They were the status of Jerusalem and Israel's policy of settling Jews on the occupied West Bank.
Mr. Ghali said Egypt had been persuaded to resume the negotiations after receiving what he called "guarantees about certain solutions" from the United States, the third party to the negotiations. He refused to be more specific.