In the Middle East, attempts to work out a permanent peace plan are continuing with a series of shuttle peace-talks, headed by the American Assistant Secretary of State Alfred Atherton.
SV PAN INTERIOR: Mr Alfred Atherton seated taking with foreign minister Ibrahim Kamel.
SV: Atherton and Kamel leave room and approach microphone.
SV: Atherton speaks.
CU: Kamel speaks in English.
SV: Kamel listening as reporter asks question on Cyprus.
SV: Kamel replies to question and walks away with Atherton.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: ATHERTON: "Well, the Minister and I have had a very good talk. We've resumed the discussions that we were carrying on before President Sadat's visit to Washington, about the declaration of principles for a comprehensive settlement in the Middle East. I took the occasion to convey to the Minister the ideas which I acquired during my talks in Israel in the last few days, and I will be going back in the nest day or so to Israel to convey some of the concrete ideas which have been conveyed to me today in our talks here. Thank you very much."
Mr Kamel was then asked about American peace efforts:
SEQ. 6: KAMEL: "Well, as I said before, after President Sadat's visit to the United States, President Carter promised to double the American efforts to help the parties reach this comprehensive settlement, and this is being done now, and Mr Atherton is here after being in Israel, and I think he will be moving between here and Israel for some time, and we hope that eventually will get (indistinct)."
SEQ. 9: KAMEL: "No, the Cyprus thing is based on how Cyprus will behave regarding the terrorists who acted against Mr. Sibai, and if this occurs, I think matters can be resolved, one way or the other."
Mr. Atherton left Cairo on Friday (24 February) and returned to Tel Aviv for more talks with Israel leaders on the latest suggestions put forward by President Sadat and the Foreign Minister Kamel. He told newsmen on leaving Cairo he would be returning to Washington in mid March to make preparations for Israeli Prime Minister Begin's planned meeting with President Carter.
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Background: In the Middle East, attempts to work out a permanent peace plan are continuing with a series of shuttle peace-talks, headed by the American Assistant Secretary of State Alfred Atherton. On Thursday, (23 February) Mr. Atherton arrived in Cairo for discussions with the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Kamel.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Atherton had arrived in Cairo from Ismailia, where he had spent two hours in conference with President Sadat. The Assistant Secretary of State's main objective at the moment is to get agreement between Egypt and Israel on a basic set of principles for peace in the Middle East.
After the meeting with the Egyptian Foreign Minister the two men gave a brief news conference.
Mr. Kamel was then asked whether Egypt's severance of diplomatic ties with Cyprus was to be permanent.