• Short Summary

    The United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim on Wednesday (23 July) welcomed Egypt's decision to extend the mandate of the peace-keeping force in Sinai as a step towards a lasting peace in the Middle East.

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    The United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim on Wednesday (23 July) welcomed Egypt's decision to extend the mandate of the peace-keeping force in Sinai as a step towards a lasting peace in the Middle East.

    But the Israeli Premier, Yitzhak Rabin,, declared forcefully that unless there were direct, face-to-face talks with Egypt on a fresh withdrawal from the Sinai front, Israel would refuse to sign any interim agreement.

    Both speeches were made after President Anwar Sadat of Egypt reversed an earlier decision and agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations Emergency Force in Sinai for a further three months, responding to a direct appeal from the U.N. Security Council.

    The force will now remain as a buffer between the Egyptian and Israeli armies until October 24, at least.

    But Mr. Rabin's stance was uncompromising. He said Israel was prepared for a further interim agreement with Egypt only if it is accepted as an advance towards a true peace in the Middle East. He said he doubted if President Sadat really wanted peace.

    The first withdrawal of Israeli troops from positions they occupied in Sinai in 1967 was accomplished after the 1973 war. Until Mr. Rabin insisted on direct negotiations, it had been widely assumed that the second stage would follow indirect negotiations conducted through the United States.

    Mr. Rabin however says it is not enough to negotiate through Washington.

    This film is serviced with excerpts from Mr. Waldheim's and Mr. Rabin's speeches. Transcripts follow.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5PYARB604FIWCPIDROFNT1K5Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA5PYARB604FIWCPIDROFNT1K5Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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