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    Israel and Egypt have begun peace talks in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. On the?

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    SV PAN: American delegation entering conference (2 shots)

    CU: Egyptian delegate speaks.

    GV: conference round table with delegates seated.

    CU: Egyptian Esmat Abdel Maguid continues speaking while American and Israeli delegates listen (6 shots)

    CU: Israeli Dr Eliahu Ben Elissar speaks while Egyptian and American delegates listen. (11 shots)

    HAGUID: "In view of these monumental developments, that follow the initiative of Egypt, we trust that we will be able to reach our clear objective and to live up to our people's expectations and legitimate aspirations. It is pertinent to emphasise that the invitations which have been extended to the other parties concerned, namely Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the USSR, are still standing and we do hope that they will participate in this preparatory stage for the Geneva peace conference. Their participation here will be most welcome."

    ELISSAR: "We had to address ourselves to issues that have long awaited a table around which to sit and reason together. It is this that brings us to Cairo-to talks, to reason and to conduct a dialogue in frankness and in mutual confidence. If we wish to move from here towards peace, nobody else can do the job for us. We, the countries involved in this conflict, can resolve the problems that have to be resolved. If there is a lesson to be learnt from our long dispute, it is that peace cannot be made by proxy. It is for this reason that we regret to the absence in this city and from this table of all those who should be with us today. Representatives of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan and an appropriate delegation of Palestinian Arabs. I declare this because the goal of the government is a comprehensive agreement and not a separate agreement."

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    Background: Israel and Egypt have begun peace talks in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. On the opening day (14 December), both sides pledged their determination to work for an end to 30 years of hostilities which have led to four Arab-Israeli wars. But the two countries showed their continuing deep differences over the Palestinian issue, the main stumbling block to a Middle East settlement. The differences emerged as soon as the Egyptian and Israeli delegation referred to the five parties absent from the talks. Dr Esmat Abdel Maguid of Egypt mentioned the Palestine Liberation Organisation, while Dr Eliahu Ben Elissar talked of 'an appropriate delegation of Palestinian Arabs'. To Israeli officials the term 'Palestinian Arab' means Palestinian living on the Israeli-occupied West Bank of the river Jordan and the Gaza Strip. The Arab World recognises the PLO, which is based outside these territories, as the sole representative of the Palestinians. At the conference, which is being held at the 19th century Mena House Hotel in the Shadow of the Pyramids, there were empty seats for Syria, the PLO, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. They were all invited but either refused to come or found diplomatic reasons for being absent.

    SYNOPSIS: The only other parties attending the conference are the United States and the United Nations. They heard Dr Maguid speak first.

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