Egyptian and Israeli military commanders signed a six-point ceasefire agreement at the Israeli-held Checkpoint 101 on the Cairo-Suez road on Sunday (November 11th).
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MV Egyptian and Israeli officers shake hands.
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Background: Egyptian and Israeli military commanders signed a six-point ceasefire agreement at the Israeli-held Checkpoint 101 on the Cairo-Suez road on Sunday (November 11th). This was the first joint agreement between Israel and an Arab country since the Armistice which ended the 1949 war.
Major-General Aharon Yariv, 53, who signed for Israel, said, "With the signing of this agreement, we have taken a stop closer to peace" Egypt was represented by Major-General Mohamed Abdel Ghany Al-Gamazi, Both smiled as they entered a tent, to face each other across a u-shaped table covered by army blankets.
The agreement calls for scrupulous observance of the ceasefire; immediate discussions to settle the front lines; unlimited supplies of food, water and medicine for Suez City and the East Bank; replacement of Israeli checkpoints by U.N. checkpoints; the exchange of all prisoners as soon as the U.N. has taken over all checkpoints on the Cairo-Suez road.
The signing polegations included six Israelis and four Egyptians. General Ensio Siliasvuo, Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force, supervised the ceremony, sitting at the head of the table.
The agreement was a triumph of negotiation for United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, who bridged the immense gap in lightning visits to the Egyptian and Israeli capitals. Although the six points did not mention the Egyptian blockade at the entrance to the Red Sea, it was believed that Egypt had agreed to end it.
The only negative comment in generally optimistic view of the historic agreement came from Egypt's leading political commentator, Mohamed Heykal. Writing in the authoritative newspaper Al Ahram, he commented that "Middle East peace was still far away" and warned that he expected Israeli manoeuvring, stalling for time "and all kinds of surprises."
SYNOPSIS: Under the careful eye of United Nations troops, egyptian and Israeli officers signed a six-point peace agreement on Sunday on the hot and dusty Cairo-Suez road. The agreement was proposed by the United States Secretary of State, Dr Henry Kissinger.
This is the first joint agreement signed by an Arab country and Israel for twenty four years. The last was the armistice which ended the Middle East War of 1949.
Major General Aharon Yariv signed for Israel while General Mohamed Al-Gamazi represented Egypt. The Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force, General Siilasvuo, presided at the meeting.
Outside anxious U.N. troops kept pressmen at bay.
After the signing, General Yariv said that with the signing of the agreement they had taken a step nearer to peace. Prime Minister Mrs Gold Meir has also expressed the hope that the signing will lead to serious negotiations. But the agreement did not deal with the Egyptian blockade of the Red Sea, and the Egyptian pro-Government newspaper Al Ahram warned that Middle East peace was still far away.