The Israeli-Egyptian peace negotiations in Washington have come to a halt while both delegations consider new issues that have been raised since the last round of talks.
GV ZOOM IN TO Prime Minister Begin at table during cabinet meeting (silent)
SV Moshe Dyan and others seated at desk (silent)
SV Mr Begin talking to newsmen in English.
BEGIN: "According to the latest reports received, Egypt is about to submit new proposals and demands related to the negotiations between the two countries. These reports are not yet officials and complete. In view of this check, the Cabinet has decided to hold a political debate after it has received all the necessary clarification concerning the new additional positions of Egypt."
Egypt has long been insistent that any peace treaty must take into account a wider settlement. This includes mainly the Palestinian issue as well as Israel relinquishing Sinai. Israeli exploitation of Sinai oil reserves during its occupation is also understood to be subject to negotiations.
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Background: The Israeli-Egyptian peace negotiations in Washington have come to a halt while both delegations consider new issues that have been raised since the last round of talks. There have been rumours that the talks may have reached an impasse but this has been denied both by President Sadat of Egypt and on Wednesday (15 November) by Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin.