Jerusalem was once again the centre of the current Middle East negotiations on Friday as United States Secretary of State, Dr.
GV Kissinger down aircraft steps and greeted by wife.
SV Guard on airport building.
SV Kissinger and officials across tarmac.
SV Troops in jeep.
SV INT Kissinger at table with Israeli leaders. (3 shots)
GV EXT. Kissinger with Israeli Defence Minister Peres. Peres speaks.
SV Kissinger speaks.
GV Kissinger and Peres shaking hands.
TRANSCRIPT:(SEQ 6): MR. PERES: "Well, as you know, we had an important and long Cabinet meeting this afternoon. Afterwards, we have reported to Dr. Kissinger about the declarations in our Cabinet section. And we went into great detail about the many and complicated problems ahead of us. And since this is Friday night we have decided to continue tomorrow. I hope the Secretary will remain, for we shall be able to deal with the very serious matters in a relaxed way."
(SEQ 7): DR. KISSINGER: I agree with what the Defence Minister has said. We reviewed in great detail all the points that are involved in a potential agreement, and we thought that both sides would benefit from a day of thinking over where we stand. And we're going to meet again tomorrow evening and continue our discussions."
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NOTE TO EDITORS: This film includes part of the statement Israeli Defence Minister, Mr. Shimon Peres, and Dr. Kissinger made after the talks.
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Background: Jerusalem was once again the centre of the current Middle East negotiations on Friday as United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, returned to meet Israeli leaders reportedly with compromise proposals for an interim settlement with Egypt.
Dr. Kissinger was greeted by his wife Nancy when he flew in to Ben Gurion International Airport from Aswan on the 12th day of his Middle East peace mission.
The Secretary of State has been seeking to achieve a further troop disengagement in the Sinai Desert based on an Israeli withdrawal and an Egyptian agreement to suspend hostilities.
After lengthy discussions with the leaders of both countries, the negotiations were believed to have reached a critical stage.
There were reports that Dr. Kissinger was striving for the acceptance of a compromise formula that would involve deep Israeli withdrawals in stages from occupied Sinai with United Nations forces moving into the vacated territory.
After a two hour meeting, at which Dr. Kissinger briefed the Israeli negotiating team on the latest Egyptian position, it was agreed that talks should resume on Saturday (22 March) evening.
Both the Israeli Defence Minister, Mr. Shimon Peres, and Dr. Kissinger agreed that the break would allow the parties to think over where they stood before the Secretary of State returned to Egypt.