The thirty-one year-old state of war between Egypt and Israel formally ended on Wednesday (25 April) at the United States early-warning station at Khosheiba in the Sinai Peninsula.
GV Egyptian military band, flags on flagpoles, and crowd watches as Israeli band marches by (FOUR SHOTS)
SV Egyptian and Israeli officials walk onto signing platform (TWO SHOTS)
SV peace treaties exchanged and handshake between officials and general handshake, including United States ambassadors to Egypt and Israel
GV crowd watching and listening as Israeli representative Dr. Eliahu Ben-Elissar, makes address
BEN-ELISSAR: "We gather together not only to carry out the act of exchange, but also to give this deed expression of its historic meaning. Let us thank God for this dawning of this date."
(Ben-Elissar speaks in Arabic and Hebrew)
BEN-ELISSAR: "The war is over. Long live the peace."
Reuters said Israel expects more problems in the complex negotiations with Egypt which still lie ahead, because several obstacles to complete agreement still had to be thrashed out. Dr. ben-Elissar said the Egyptians had complained at the ceremony that Israel had not brought a letter dealing with Palestinian autonomy. He said the issue of Israeli settlements on occupied land was potential bugbear when negotiations on Palestinian autonomy begin in one month's time.
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Background: The thirty-one year-old state of war between Egypt and Israel formally ended on Wednesday (25 April) at the United States early-warning station at Khosheiba in the Sinai Peninsula. Representative of the two Middle Eastern Countries exchanged ratifications of the peace treaty that emerged from 16 months of summit negotiations. The following day (26 April), Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman conferred at Ismailia in Egypt on Israeli's handover next month of the Mediterranean township of El-Arish, the capital of the Sinai.
SYNOPSIS: First the Egyptian military band..but the ceremony was delayed for two hours. Reuters quoted the Israeli representative, Dr. Eliahu Ben-Elissar as saying the delay came about because the single word "inhabitants" was omitted from the text of an Egyptian side letter to the treaty. The letter referred to autonomy for Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip and Jordan West Bank. Dr. Ben-Elissar, who is director general of Prime Minister Menachem Begin's office, came onto the signing platform with Egyptian delegate Saad Afra.
Dr. Ben-Elissar said the ceremony went ahead after Egypt promised to send a letter to Israel cancelling out the confusion over the missing word.
After the exchange, there were handshakes all round, with the United States ambassadors to Israel and Egypt taking part. Dr. Ben Elissar then spoke.