Palestinian Autonomy talks began again on Thursday night (25 October) in London. United States Envoy?
SV Israeli Interior Minister Yosef Burg speaking at news conference (2 SHOTS)
SV Egyptian Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil seated talking to Ambassador Robert Strauss in London (3 SHOTS)
BURG: "I hope that we will be able to show in London that the momentum goes on and anyhow, that each side is not anti-momentum. Second, I would like to say, it's my very clear considered opinion, that the reshuffle in the cabinet, it was necessary perhaps 'per se'. But anyhow, it became actual meaning, because of the resigning of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Moshe Dayan, that this reshuffle will have no bad or adverse affect on the autonomy talks. I can assure you that the government of Israel will go on with the same good intentions, according to the Camp David plan and to the joint letter of President Sadat and Prime Minister Begin to the President of the United States Jimmy Carter."
REPORTER: "And the decision of the Supreme Court about Elon Moreh, does this have any bearing on your position?"
BURG: "I would say no, because of a very simple reason. The decision of the court shows that Israel is a democracy, where a system of law functions, where the government obeys to whatever the High Court says and it has nothing to do with our right, that we have our right also to have Jewish settlements in any part and every part of (indistinct) Israel and (indistinct) Israel."
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Background: Palestinian Autonomy talks began again on Thursday night (25 October) in London. United States Envoy Robert Strauss called the meeting to revive the negotiations on the autonomy question. At the start of the talks, Mr. Strauss held separate informal meetings with both the Israeli and Egyptian negotiators. Israeli Interior Minister Yosef Burg, on his arrival in London, said that he did not think the six-month old negotiations were in such a hopeless state as Mr. Strauss appeared to believe. He said that he hoped to offer a few fresh ideas to Egyptian Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil. Before leaving for London he spoke to reporters at the airport in Tel Aviv, about the affect on the talks of the Israeli Cabinet reshuffle and the Israeli Supreme Court's decision to order Jewish settlers to quit the Elon Moreh settlement on the occupied West Bank.
SYNOPSIS: United States Envoy Robert Strauss and Egyptian Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil enjoyed a relaxed social exchange in London before getting on with the latest round of Palestinian Autonomy talks. Later, this most recent bid for progress towards a settlement began on an informal not when Mr. and Mrs. Strauss hosted a dinner attended by the Egyptian and Israeli chief negotiators and their wives. The talks will involve a series of bilateral meetings of the chief negotiators and combined sessions of all three men.