• Short Summary

    The Egyptians and Israelis have agreed to exchange prisoners after their meeting at Checkpoint 101 on the Suez-Cairo road on Wednesday (November 14).

  • Description

    The Egyptians and Israelis have agreed to exchange prisoners after their meeting at Checkpoint 101 on the Suez-Cairo road on Wednesday (November 14).

    The real progress came the day after the fragile Middle East cease-fire almost broke down. Despite last Sunday's agreement, Israeli troops had been refusing to leave various checkpoints on the Suez-Cairo road. On Wednesday they stopped a press party trying to reach Suez town at Checkpoint 101, but General Siilasvuo, Head of United Nations emergency forces in the Middle East said Israeli troops would now be withdrawn from the Cairo-Suez road.

    The Israelis were know to be anxious about the speedy return of prisoners of war which was another matter on the six point peace plan.

    An International Red Cross spokesman said the prisoner exchange would be completed within eight days. This was a compromise between an Egyptian proposal to complete the operation in 19 days and Israel's to complete in one day. Egypt holds 245 Israeli prisoners, 45 of them injured and Israel holds 8,200 Egyptian prisoners, about 400 wounded.

    Two Swissair jets, one equipped with stretchers will make return trips to repatriate the prisoners starting on Thursday morning.

    Mr. Rudolf Stajduhar, Chief U.N. Spokesman in Cairo, said Wednesday's talks at Kilometre 101 between Egyptian Deputy Chief of Staff General Mohamed Abdel Ghany El Gamazi and the Assistant Israeli Chief of Staff Major General Aharon Yariv were held in a cordial atmosphere.

    SYNOPSIS: Checkpoint One-O-One on the Suez-Cairo road which almost caused a breakdown in the fragile Middle East ceasefire.

    Despite last Sunday's agreement, Israeli troops had been refusing to leave various checkpoints on the road. On Tuesday they stopped a press party making for suez town at this checkpoint, but the day after this film was taken the Egyptians and Israelis reached agreement on exchanging prisoners in a meeting at the checkpoint.

    Israeli troops were filling sandbags and seemed to be preparing to stay. But after Wednesday's talks General Siilasvuo, Head of United Nations emergency forces in the Middle East said the Israelis, were now ready to leave their checkpoints on the Suez-Cairo road to his men.

    The Israelis were known to be anxious about the speedy return of prisoners of war which was another matter in the six point peace plan. An International Red Cross spokesman said this will now be completed within eight days.

    Egypt's General Mohamed Abdel Ghany El Gamazi and Israel's General Aharon Yariv agreed that starting on Thursday morning two Swissair jets, one equipped with stretchers, will make return trips to repatriate the prisoners of both sides.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA79W80680BV2WC6BPMPKJMCA3J
    Media URN:
    VLVA79W80680BV2WC6BPMPKJMCA3J
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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