The Israeli Government has agreed to uproot the disputed settlement of Elon Moreh, on the Arab West Bank.
SV Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman with Egyptian Defence Minister Kamal Hassan Ali being shown around Sinai field mission by U.S. military host (Sinai)
CU Weizman and Hassan Ali answering newsmens' questions in English. Weizman first, then Hassan Ali, then Weizman
SV Defence Ministers and party walking through base
SV U.S. Sinai field mission observers in orange uniforms taking pictures
GV PAN OVER Giddi pass to observation tower on top of hill
SV INTERIOR Radio operator talking on phone as he monitors pictures of pass (2 SHOTS)
SV Defence Ministers inside observation post and radio operator talking on phone (2 SHOTS)
GV Weizman leaving observation post
GV (El Arish) (Mute) Sadat and party arriving at El Arish monument to war dead. Sadat sits down for prayers (2 SHOTS)
CU Hassan Ali seated during prayer
GV Armed guard in foreground with Sadat and ministers seated in background
SV Priest leading Sadat and ministers in prayer and congregation bow to ground (3 SHOTS)
SV Sadat and Hassan Ali walk towards monument
SV Sadat lays wreath on war monument
MR. WEIZMAN: "Well, we've discussed certain problems. In our approaches, which only started a few months ago after thirty years of problems, you do have problems that crop up from time to time, and you tend to solve them."
REPORTER: "Have there been violations of the agreement in Sinai?"
WEIZMAN: "No, no, no. Do we look like violators?"
REPORTER: "Can you give us any hint as to the nature of the subjects discussed?"
HASSAN ALI: "If I may ... it is the treaty implementation that Mr. Weizman mentioned, always discussing the progress, not other things, only progress."
REPORTER: "The S.F.M. is going to take a major part in the supervision of the implementation of the agreement. Did you discuss with the Americans the details of the supervision that is to be achieved?"
WEIZMAN: "Not today."
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Background: The Israeli Government has agreed to uproot the disputed settlement of Elon Moreh, on the Arab West Bank. The settlement, founded amid international outcry in June, was declared illegal by the Supreme Court and on Thursday (1 November), the Israeli Cabinet agreed that the settlement was not important for military security, and would have to go. On Wednesday (31 October), military security in the Sinai was inspected by the Egyptian and Israeli defence ministers, as they toured a monitoring station run by the American Sinai Field Mission - the S.F.M.
SYNOPSIS: The defence ministers - Mr. Ezer Weizman of Israel and General Kamal Hassan Ali from Egypt spoke to newsmen at the Giddi pass.
After their talks, the two Ministers were shown round the Sinai Field Mission base at Um Khoshiba, in the heart of Sinai's buffer zone. It was here the Egyptians and israelis sealed their peace treaty in April, when they exchanged instruments of ratification. Now, perched high on top of the Giddi Pass, this American-manned monitoring station keeps watch over troop movements in the surrounding desert.
The staff, in orange regulation clothing, monitor all Egyptian and Israeli manoeuvres. Now, with peace the joint responsibility of Egypt, Israel and the United States, their work will become even more important.
Next day, outside the Egyptian town of El Arish, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat accompanied by General Hassan, Ali, visited the town's war monument. Prayers were held in memory of the many hundreds of men who fell at El Arish during fierce fighting in the 1967 Egyptian-Israeli war.
El Arish was one of the first Egyptian towns to fall during the war, as Israeli troops advanced westward along the country's coastal road. As the focal point for strong resistance and a counter-attack, El Arish was the scene of some of the highest losses of manpower for the Egyptians. The Egyptian daily paper Al Ahram estimated that altogether some five thousand men were killed in the 1967 war.
In memory of the fallen, President Sadat and Defence Minister General Hassan Ali, led the way towards the El Arish monument. There, the President placed a wreath of flowers as a symbol of the nation's grief, and paid his respects to the victims of the Middle East conflict.