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    The delayed political talks aimed at seeking a Middle East peace settlement opened in Jerusalem on Tuesday (17 January).

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    GVs Conference table with Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan speaking and delegates listening (3 shots)

    CU Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Ibrahim Kamel speaking (SOUND)

    SV Moshe Dayan listening to United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance (SOUND) (5 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: DAYAN: "We may have to adopt unconventional approaches at times. But the problem that we face, and the situation we find ourselves in, are also not conventional. Thirty years of hostilities to Israel, and of refusal to accept her existence, have left their mark. A great deal of goodwill, wisdom and imagination are called for in order to open up a new page and to pave the road to peace."

    SEQ. 2: KAMEL: "We are going to speak of a just and comprehensive peace, based on withdrawal from all the Arab territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, including Jerusalem, the holy city of peace. We have come to achieve the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people, who have been struggling for decades to end their subjugation and their despair; to exercise their national rights in accordance with the most sacred principles of equal rights and self-determination of peoples. It would be tragic that you should deny the existence of this Palestinian reality, especially when we have declared our readiness to accept you as part of the Middle East."

    SEQ. 3: VANCE: "As President Carter has said, we believe there are certain principles that must be observed before a just and comprehensive peace can be achieved. First: true peace must be based on normal relations among the parties to the peace. Peace means more than just the end to belligerency. Second: there must be withdrawal by Israel from territories occupied in 1967, and agreement on secure and recognised borders for all parties; in the correct and normal and peaceful relations in accordance with United Nations resolutions 242 and 338. And third: there must be a resolution of the Palestinian problem in all its aspects. The solution must recognise the legitimate rights of the Palestinians people and enable the Palestinians to participate in the determination of their own future."

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    Background: The delayed political talks aimed at seeking a Middle East peace settlement opened in Jerusalem on Tuesday (17 January). Israel, Egypt and the United States are taking part. In his opening speech, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Ibrahim Kamel warned the house of Israel in Palestine would not know real peace unless there was an equal house for the Palestinian people. The conference opened with a speech from Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan, who said a peace agreement would be an alternative to war, and was not a substitute for war.

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