• Short Summary

    Countries in the Middle East are waiting for an announcement by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on whether he will permit United Nations forces to continue their peace-keeping role in Sinai.

  • Description

    Countries in the Middle East are waiting for an announcement by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on whether he will permit United Nations forces to continue their peace-keeping role in Sinai.

    The new crisis in the Middle East arose last week when Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin told newsmen it might be "half a year" before Jerusalem and Cario reached agreement on a new interim peace agreement.

    Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmy, retorted with a shock announcement that his Government might refuse to renew the U.N. truce force's mandate, due to expire on Thursday (24 July). The move was seen a warning that unless a more speedy progress towards peace was made the feature could be grim.

    The Israelis were reminded of a similar situation in 1967 when President Nasser sent a similar U.N. force packing just before the outbreak of the Six Day War.

    The task of the U.N. troops in their inhospitable posting has not been an easy one. Their situation is made more uncomfortable by the knowledge that they could do little if the two sides decided to lunge at each other again and they may even be caught in the crossfire of such a conflict.

    There are 4,176 U.N. troops -- Swedes, Fines, Ghanaians, Canadians, Poles, Indonesians and Senegalese -- assigned to the U.N Emergency Force (UNEF). Most of them work in the buffer zone, a silent landscape six miles (10 km) wide by 100 miles (160 km) long, which stretches from Port Said on the Mediterranean to Port Suez on the Red Sea. Noon temperatures soar to 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) in the shade and the baked sand is sown with a million land mines.)
    On Sunday (20 July) a brisk flurry of rifle fire from the Egyptian lines raised the alarm near the main base but a brief conference with the Arabs revealed the shooting had been an accident Quit soon returned, but the tense atmosphere remained.

    Synopsis: This is the Sinai desert....the scene in the major wars and countless lesser conflicts. It is currently policed by a United Nations peace-keeping force but the future of both the peace-keepers and the peace is in doubt.

    The Egyptian government has threatened to refuse to renew the U.N. mandate, which expires on Thursday. the move was seen as a warning to Israel that quicker and more meaningful moves must be made towards a lasting peace agreement.

    The task of the U.N. troops has not been an easy one. Their presence has been backed by the knowledge that they would be powerless in any fresh, major conflict and may even become casualties themselves.

    There are more than four thousand troops assigned to the Emergency Force. They come from Sweden, Finland, Ghana, Canada, Poland, Indonesia and Senegal. Beneath the backed desert sands lie more than a million land mines.

    Most of the men are based in the buffer zone -- a narrow corridor stretching hundred miles from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. For the Israelis, the scene is disturbingly similar to one eight years ago when the Egyptian threw out another U.N. force just before the Six Day War.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6MZCJXL85BOB0YJ48GU46G2C8
    Media URN:
    VLVA6MZCJXL85BOB0YJ48GU46G2C8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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