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    Talks are continuing in Washington as the United States, Israel and Egypt try to set the final ground rules for the conditions of the peace treaty which is due to be signed on Monday (26 March).

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    SV INTERIOR Pentagon: Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Defence Secretary Harold Brown walk through room

    CU Vance speaking

    SV Egyptian Defence Minister, Kamal Hassan Ali and Brown ZOOM OUT TO SV of group

    GV Israel Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan, walking down steps of aircraft at Washington D.C. airport

    SCU Dayan at microphone

    GV Dayan walking away from microphones and enters car and car convoy leaves

    GV Israel...Tel Aviv airport: Prime Minister Menachem Begin arrives and is met by wellwishers

    SCU Weizman shaking hands with well-wishers

    GV Begin speaking in English

    GV Begin on aircraft steps. Waves to crowd

    DAYAN: "Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, we have just come from Israel now after the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, approved, of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. We came here to complete some discussions with the State Department about bi-lateral issues, and we are looking forward to having the peace treaty signed on Monday. Thank you very much."

    BEGIN: " I need your prayers for the success of this mission. And I also hope the ceremony in Washington will be followed up as promised by both President Carter and President Sadat by signing ceremonies in our two capitals, in Cairo and in Jerusalem. Let us hope that this is going to be the beginning of a new era...an era of peace in the Middle-East, the cradle of human civilisation. Thank you."

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    Background: Talks are continuing in Washington as the United States, Israel and Egypt try to set the final ground rules for the conditions of the peace treaty which is due to be signed on Monday (26 March). Only one major issue -the timing of Israel's withdrawal from the sinai oilfields-- remains to be resolved before the treaty signing.

    SYNOPSIS: U.S. Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, and Defence Secretary, Harold Brown, have been trying to meet the pre-treaty demands from the Egyptian and Israeli defence ministers about military aid. Reuters reports that Egypt may be able to buy the advanced F-16 fighter aircraft from the United States in addition to a one and a half billion dollar military aid package still being discussed.

    Egyptian Defence Minister, General Kamal Hassan Ali, put forward his government's requests for air defence batteries, artillery, destroyers and submarines during a meeting with U.S. military Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon on Tuesday (22 March).

    The Israeli Defence Minister, Mr. Moshe Dayan, flew into Washington on Thursday (22 March) for final talks on the memorandum, stating what action the United States would take, should Egypt fail to uphold her treaty obligations. Mr. Dayan has been credited with giving the final spur to the success of President Carter's Middle East peace mission by persuading an influential section of the Israeli cabinet to adopt a more compromising position on Egyptian demands for an Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai. Israel has now agreed to withdraw from most of the Sinai within nine months from the peace treaty taking effect...in return for an Egyptian willingness to exchange ambassadors one month later.

    The one point on the Israeli position on the Sinai still unresolved when Defence Minister Dayan left the airport for talks with Secretary of State Vance was the timing of the Israeli withdrawal from the vital oilfields. Another difficult questions is the progression towards Palestinian autonomy on the West Bank and on the Gaza strip.

    On Friday (23 March), Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin left Tel Aviv airport for the treaty signing in Washington. As he left Israel, the country's armed forces were on full alert against predicted Arab attacks. Defence Minister, Ezer Weizman, flying out to Washington with Mr. Begin, warned that Syria might attempt military action on Israel's northern border.

    As Prime Minister Begin flew out to Washington..criticism was already being raised at Israeli plans to set up four new settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan. The UN Security Council has called the settlements a serious obstacle to a lasting peace in the Middle-East.

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