The first motorists to drive across the Israeli-Egyptian border since the 1973 war, passed through the frontier on Tuesday (15 April).
SV PAN Israeli flag flying near Sinai at Israel-Egypt border PAN TO police at border checkpoint as car passes through -- the first Israeli citizen through
GV Palestinians going to Egypt without visas (2 shots)
SV Egyptian having papers checked at border post
GV People passing across border (2 shots)
SV Egyptian flag PULL BACK TO barbed wire fence and vehicles at border
SV Israeli guards at checkpoint
SV Israeli guard checking passport of people in car
GV Car leaving border into Egypt
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Background: The first motorists to drive across the Israeli-Egyptian border since the 1973 war, passed through the frontier on Tuesday (15 April). Palestinian Arabs also were allowed to travel to Egypt without visas for the first time.
SYNOPSIS: The lifting of travel restrictions was the latest stage in the normalisation of relations between the two countries. Formerly arch enemies, they re-opened their borders, closed for the last seven years, as part of the Camp David peace treaty. Scores of people, many of them Palestinians, passed through the frontier within hours of its opening.
As motorists crossed the frontier, discussions were being held in Washington to break the deadlocked talks on Palestinian autonomy between Egypt and israel. United States President Jimmy Carter, and Israeli Premier Menachem Begin, held several rounds of talks in a bid to resolve the Palestinian issue by the original deadline, 26 May. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat also held talks in Washington with President Carter earlier in April.
President Carter and Premier Begin said on Thursday (17 April) after six hours of discussions, that progress had been made. israel and Egypt will hold another round of negotiations late in April in Tel Aviv.
During the stalled talks, Israel has been criticised for increasing its settlement plans in the West Bank. U.S. officials, however, said it was still possible to reach agreement by 26 May.