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    Addressing the 230-member Central Committee of the Arab Socialist Union -- Egypt's sole political party -- President Anwar Sadat, in Cairo on Sunday (8 August), said he would not soften the terms for reopening the Suez Canal.

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    Addressing the 230-member Central Committee of the Arab Socialist Union -- Egypt's sole political party -- President Anwar Sadat, in Cairo on Sunday (8 August), said he would not soften the terms for reopening the Suez Canal.

    He said Egypt would agree to a ceasefire of only six months while the waterway was cleared, and that during this time Egyptian troops should cross the waterway. His speech was a re-statement of the terms he first put forward in his 4 February peace initiative. The remarks may have been intended for the United States, which has been trying to work out an interim settlement permitting the Suez Canal to be cleared. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Sisco recently visited Israel for talks on such a settlement. It is thought that he may visit Cairo, after his present consultations in Washington, but President Sadat's remarks on Sunday may be a warning that on softening can be expected in the Egyptian position.

    SYNOPSIS: In Cairo on Sunday, the Central Committee of the Arab Socialist Union met to hear a speech by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat. Members of Mr. Sadat's reshuffled cabinet held informal talks before the start of the meeting.

    President Sadat was expected to comment on Egypt's terms for the reopening of the Suez canal, in expectation of a visit from U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Joseph Sisco. Mr Sisco recently visited Israel for talks on an interim settlement permitting the Suez Canal to be cleared.

    President Sadat said he would not soften Egypt's terms for reopening the Suez Canal, no matter what Israel demanded. He re-stated terms he first put forward in his February fourth peace initiative. Egypt, he said, would agree to a ceasefire of only six months while the waterway was cleared. He insisted that during this time Egyptian troops should cross the waterway. The President's remarks came exactly a year after the ceasefire went into effect along the Suez Canal, following an American peace initiative.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA18Y86DQ8QWMPQP2Q6CESI448
    Media URN:
    VLVAA18Y86DQ8QWMPQP2Q6CESI448
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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