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    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.

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    SV: Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Ibrahim Kamel in Jerusalem speaking in English to newsmen while Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan looks on.

    CU: Kamel speaking

    SVs: Egyptian delegates at Jerusalem airport preparing to leave and checking their passports. (5 shots)

    SV: smiling Egyptian delegates preparing to leave.

    CU: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin speaking to newsmen.

    SV: reporter with tape recorder.

    SV: Begin speaking to reporters and moving away.

    SV, PAN: Begin and US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance walking together through lobby of Jerusalem Hilton.

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: KAMEL: "I have been instructed by my President, by President Sadat, to see Prime Minister Begin and explain to him the reason President Sadat told that the Egyptian delegation should be called back to Cairo at this juncture.

    REPORTER: "Mr Prime Minister Some people thought that a certain chill resulted as a result of the exchange between you and the Egyptian Foreign Minister.

    SEQ. 7: BEGIN: "No, not at all. On the contrary, you know, the Foreign Minister of Egypt came to us and he said that we must give up part of our capital city. Now I don't want to say that he did not obey the rules of guest and host. I say on the contrary he's entitled to make such a statement although it hurts us very much. He comes as a guest to our country and asks us to give up part of our capital. Imagine I come to Egypt and I say you give up part of Cairo. But as I said, he's entitled to make his statement. What am I? I am entitled, actually obliged, to at least reply. Such a statement can not hand in the air. If there is complete silence perhaps the Israelis contemplate such a redivision of Jerusalem. It was my duty to answer. And I answered I suppose with dignity and respect."

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    Background: 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.

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