Egypt said on Saturday (December 1) it could see no point in resuming the suspended military talks with Israel on the diseng???
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TRANSCRIPTS OF PART OF THE STATEMENTS BY THE EGYPTIAN OFFICIALS FOLLOW.
TRANSLATION OF GENERAL MOKHTAR:
"Well the first violation was at nine hours in the morning and it started with the firing of small arms and it was in a place which was west of the Suez Canal - west of the Suez City. Another violation was at Balteim and at Ras E1 Barr there was a violation of our Air force by the Israeli Air Force and that was at 13.25. The total was about 86 violations or contraventions in the period of 33 days."
DR. ANIS: "The meetings at Kilometre 101 have been discontinued and the President did say that he didn't really see very much point in going to the Geneva peace conference only to meet further protractions and evasions by Israel but final say about whether we will or will not be going to the peace conference will have to wait I'm afraid."
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Background: Egypt said on Saturday (December 1) it could see no point in resuming the suspended military talks with Israel on the diseng???gement of forces in the Suez area.
The official government spokesman, Dr. Ahmed Anis, told a press conference in Cairo that Egypt has suspended the talks last Thursday because Israel had been "evasive".
He said it was not yet possible to make a final decision as to whether Egypt would attend the proposed Geneva peace conference, due to open on December 18. Mr. Anis said there was no point in going to Geneva to meet more "Israel evasiveness".
Mr. Anis said the United States and the Soviet Union should put pressure on Israel to respect its signature on the Middle East ceasefire agreement, and to honour its commitments.
Egypt's military spokesman, Major-General Ezzeddin Mokhtar, told the press conference it was always Israel which sparked off the sporadic shooting in the Suez area. He said Egypt had lodged 86 protests against Israel breaches of the ceasefire, since the war ended in late October.
The General listed numerous alleged Israeli violations, and denied Israeli allegations that Egypt had attacked points on the western bank of the canal.