The breakdown of the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks in Jerusalem on Wednesday (18 January) has put a new responsibility on United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in his role as mediator.
The breakdown of the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks in Jerusalem on Wednesday (18 January) has put a new responsibility on United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in his role as mediator. Observers say that besides trying to bring the parties together again, Mr Vance will now have to ensure there is no repetition of the Public squabbling between Israel and Egypt which led Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to recall his delegation. The recall was sudden and surprised not only the Israelis, but also many of the Egyptians. Before they left Jerusalem, the leader of their delegation, Foreign Minister Mohammed Ibrahim Kamel, spoke briefly to newsmen.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Kamel confirmed that the atmosphere surrounding the two days of talks and some of the strong statements made by Israeli leaders had something to do with President Sadat's decision to recall him. But Israeli officials have speculated that this was not the only reason.
The officials have said the reason that the Egyptians were recalled was become impatient with the legal wrangling over agenda items and had expected prompt Israeli agreement on full withdrawal from captured Arab territory.
Whatever the reason, both the Egyptians and Israeli delegations were optimistic that the talks would be resumed. Later however, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin made it plain that big differences still remain.
Later Mr Begin met United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance before the american mediator flew to Cairo to try and get the talks resumed. Mr. Vance is now regarded as a key figure in the suspended negotiations.