• Short Summary

    LONDON, UK/JERUSALEM /SANAA, NORTH YEMEN

    The United States special envoy, Philip Habib, has started back on his tireless shuttle seeking peace in the Middle East through plans outlined by President Ronald Reagan last September.

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    LONDON: (NBC - MARCH 19):
    1. GV Philip Habib arriving at hotel in London 0.12
    LONDON: (HARDING - MARCH 19):
    2. CU King Hussein of Jordan speaking (SOT) 1.10
    LONDON: (NBC - MARCH 19):
    3. GV Philip leaving hotel. He speaks to reporters (SOT) 2.13
    JERUSALEM (VIS JERUSALEM - MARCH 20):
    4. SV Prime Minister Begin leaving Knesset 2.21
    5. SV Yitzhak Shamir, Israeli Foreign Minister, leaving Knesset 2.23
    6. SV Mr Habib leaving after talks 2.29
    SANAA: (MAHDAWI - MARCH 17):
    7. GVs Yasser Arafat and North Yemeni Prime Minister Dr. Abdul-Karim al Iryani watching parade of students and tribesmen (3 shots) 2.47
    TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE TWO):
    HUSSEIN: "We are in constant touch with the United States, with friends throughout the world, with our brethren in the area, Palestinians and Arabs alike. We are on the spot so to speak as you might have recognised, but we hope out of all this, until the end of my life at least, I would be able to feel I have tried my best. I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic but if logic and common sense is to prevail then despite the formidable obstacles ... and threats to peace in our area, one still retains some hope that the solution can be salvaged."
    REPORTER: "But if logic and common sense do not prevail what happen then?"
    HUSSEIN: "Then the dangers are immense....to that area....to the world."
    TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE THREE):
    HABIB: "Let me say a few months, then you know my natural reticence in these matters. My purpose in coming to London at this time was to take advantage of the opportunity to inform his Majesty of the recent discussion held in Washington, bring him up to date on the status of the situation with respect to negotiations regarding Lebanon. I did so, His Majesty was very gracious to receive me at this time and we naturally went over the ground rather thoroughly in that regard, and I'll leave it at that. There's not much more beyond that to say."
    REPORTER: "Mr Habib, King Hussein is seeing Yasser Arafat later next week. Have you said anything which might persuade him to say something different to Mr Arafat?"
    HABIB: "You know perfectly well that I wouldn't discuss anything of that sort that I might have said to His Majesty. I wouldn't take it one way or the other that we got into that kind of discussion."
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    Background: LONDON, UK/JERUSALEM /SANAA, NORTH YEMEN

    The United States special envoy, Philip Habib, has started back on his tireless shuttle seeking peace in the Middle East through plans outlined by President Ronald Reagan last September. He spoke in London on March 19 with King Hussein of Jordan who was leading an Arab League delegation. The King's considered a key figure in the peace efforts. He said he was in constant tough with all parties involved and hoped a solution would be found. From London, Mr Habib flew to Jerusalem for talks on March 20 with the Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir. The Israelis, who had insisted their troops would remain in Lebanon until Syrian troops departed, wanted cleared details of arrangements along their northern border. Israeli sources also said the government would demand a role for militia leader Major Saad Haddad in the Lebanese Army. The Israelis were keen to talk with King Hussein about a settlement based on the Camp David accord, and about autonomy for the Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip; areas which were taken from Jordan in 1967. King Hussein was not expected to agree to this. He was, however, due to hold talks with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation chief, Yasser Arafat, who on March 17 visited North Yemen and viewed a parade of students and tribesmen with the Prime Minister, Dr Abdul-Karim al-Iryan. The Hussein-Arafat talks were thought likely to determine Jordan's stand on the Reagan peace initiative.

    Source: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED/REUTERS - KEN HARDING/OMAR MAHDAWI/REUTERS JERUSALEM

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    Film ID:
    VLVA67XH5ERFFDN7EEEZES9J657N7
    Media URN:
    VLVA67XH5ERFFDN7EEEZES9J657N7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:46:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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