Middle East peace talks between the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Israel and Egypt have been postponed for a day following a last minute row over the agenda in Jerusalem and Cairo on Sunday (15 January).
SV Israel Chief of Staff Lt-General Mordechai Gur arriving cabinet meeting in Jerusalem followed by Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan. (2 shots)
SV Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin walks to microphone and talks in English. (3 shots)
CU Newsman making notes. PAN UP TO Begin putting on his coat and leaving room.
GV New Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Ibraham Kamel arriving by car for National Security Council meeting in Cairo.
CU Kamel seated in car as newsmen ask unsuccessfully for a statement and his car drives off. (2 shots)
SV War Minister Mohammed Abdul Ghani Al-Gamassi gets out of car and goes up steps into building for meeting. (2 shots)
SV INT President Anwar Sadat of Egypt seated with National Security Council. (4 shots)
"Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I will not go into polemics with the statement made by President Sadat to the Egyptian weekly 'October'. We are now at the stage of direct negotiations between the Israeli and Egyptian delegations. We hope that on Monday a session of the political committee will start. I only may say that the statement made by President Sadat is regrettable. The peace plan we proposed was appreciates as a fair basis for negotiation. I would suggest now a truce with public declarations an let the negotiations be given a real chance. Thank you."
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Background: Middle East peace talks between the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Israel and Egypt have been postponed for a day following a last minute row over the agenda in Jerusalem and Cairo on Sunday (15 January). The talks were due to start on Monday (16 January) in Jerusalem, following a meeting between Israeli and Egyptian military chiefs in Cairo last week. Both meetings were arranged at the Ismailia summit between Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. According to Israeli sources the disagreement over the agenda involved the wording of references to the future of Palestinians on the West Bank. The sources said there were numerous exchanges between Cairo and Jerusalem over the wording, which was finally changed to a compromise acceptable to both sides. In the meantime Egyptian Foreign Minister Mr. Mohammed Kamel, had delayed his departure for Jerusalem, as had the United States Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance. The talks are scheduled to go ahead on Tuesday (17 January), but the wrangle marks the latest development in a steady deterioration of relations between Israel and Egypt.
SYNOPSIS: The day before the row, when the Israeli cabinet was meeting, Mr. Begin had reacted to criticisms of Israel by President Sadat in an Egyptian magazine.
Despite Mr. Begin's comments, differences remain between the two countries.... differences which President Sadat had described as endangering the Middle East peace-making process.
This was highlighted the following day in Cairo when senior ministers, including Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel gathered for a meeting of Egypt's Security Council.
The Security Council, which also includes War Minister General Mohammed Gamassi, is Egypt's top policy-making body. It met for three hours to discuss the controversial agenda.
Egyptians sources said that at the meeting President Sadat seemed ready to risk the collapse of his peace initiative to secure Israeli concessions. The meeting eventually decided to let Foreign Minister Kamel fly to Jerusalem for the meeting. But he is expected to bargain hard about the crucial Palestinian issue.