In Jerusalem on Wednesday (18 January) peace talks between Egypt and Israel were suddenly suspended when the Egyptian delegation was summoned home by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat because of what was described as "Israel's attitude".
GV PAN INTERIOR: opening function in Jerusalem for delegates to peace talks.
SV: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin speaking in English.
SV: Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan listens.
SV: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ibrahim Kamel speaking in English.
SCU: Egyptian Minister of Information and Culture Abdel Moneim Sawi speaking in English.
TRANSCRIPT: BEGIN: "I would say on behalf of Israel that peace can not be established should Israel restore or agree to restore the fragile, flagrant, aggression-provoking and bloodshed cost lines preceding the 5th of June, 1967. And in this there is almost an absolute measure of consensus in this country.
Peace can not be established with the redivision of Jerusalem, the capital city not only of the state of Israel, but traditionally and culturally of the Jewish people since the days of King David. And why should there be redivision?"
SAWI: "Well I think everybody has know by now that President Sadat has give his instructions to the Egyptian delegation and to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, to come back to Cairo right away. And this has been taken, these instructions have been given to the Minister of Foreign Affairs after the negotiations have been marred by different obstacles from the other side.
These contradictions have been noted and whenever the Egyptian delegation tries to facilitate things, to assure the desire for peace, they are (indistinct) our delegation, by the other side trying to put troubles in the way of the negotiations. One after all has done for the cause of peace and for the peace for every human being of our nations. I think it was very essential to take this step and to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs and his delegation to come back right away."
Reuter reported that Israeli Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan, saw his Egyptian counterpart, Mr kamel, off from Jerusalem's airport. Reuters said he later told reporters that the breakdown in talks was a passing crisis and was hopeful a way could be found for continuing them.
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Background: In Jerusalem on Wednesday (18 January) peace talks between Egypt and Israel were suddenly suspended when the Egyptian delegation was summoned home by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat because of what was described as "Israel's attitude". The President's move followed blunt public exchanges between Israeli and Egyptian ministers on their widely differing views about a Middle East settlement. The recall, however, was not expected. Reuter reported that it came as a surprise to almost all the delegates, including most of the Egyptians. Only a few hours before, spokesmen for both delegations, as well as for the United States, were saying that the talks were going well. The talks, which were in their second day, were between the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Egypt and Israel. They followed military discussions last week between Israeli and Egyptian Defence chiefs which the Egyptians said would continue as planned despite the Jerusalem breakdown.
SYNOPSIS: The Jerusalem talks opened with a round of speeches in a hotel ballroom. The opening was a day late because of a disagreement about the agenda. And Israeli Prime Minister Begin made it plain there would be tough talking.
Mr Begin's insistence on secure borders for Israel contrasted with the views of Egyptian Foreign Minister Ibrahim Kamel. In his speech he repeated Egypt's demand that Israel should withdraw completely from all occupied Arab territory. Twenty-four hours later, Mr Kamel was recalled to Egypt where the decision was explained by the Information Minister, Mr Sawi.