Egypt recalled its chief delegate to the stalled Washington Peace Treaty talks with Israel on Tuesday night (21 November).
Egypt recalled its chief delegate to the stalled Washington Peace Treaty talks with Israel on Tuesday night (21 November). The decision came shortly after Israel rejected Egyptian proposals for a timetable linking the treaty to Palestinian self-rule. It was the first time that the chief delegate, Lieutenant General Kamal Hassan Ali, had been recalled to Cairo since the start of the peace talks seven weeks ago. Egyptian Vice-President, Hosni Mubarak, returned to Cairo from Washington on Monday (20 November) and accused Israel of going back on pledges it made on the timetables for Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and the return of an Egyptian presence to the Gaza Strip. In Jerusalem, Israel's Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, announced that the cabinet had agreed to sign a peace treaty. But, he said, his country would not negotiate specific details about self-rule in Judea, Sumaria or the Gaza districts until the Camp David accord had been signed.
SYNOPSIS: Vice President Mubarak was greeted in Cairo by Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil. Mr. Mubarak said he had clarified the latest Egyptian position while in Washington, and he outlined is discussions with President Jimmy Carter.
In Jerusalem, Cabinet members, including Defence Minister, Ezer Weizman, and Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan -- the joint heads of the Israeli delegation to the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks -- emerged from a meeting, after voting on the peace treaty. Mr. Begin then announced the Cabinet's decision.