The disengagement of the Egyptian and Israeli armies in the Sinai Desert is now complete.?
GV Sign saying "U.N. ZONE NO ENTRY" U.N. post is in background.
CU U.N. Flag
SV PAN U.N. Vehicle passes sand bags on road side.
TRACKING SHOT past barbed wire fortifications.
MCU Israeli minefield sign.
ZOOM OUT from mine detector to see Polish soldier using detector.
CU Hands uncover mine.
LS Mine sweeping
GV Mine explodes in distance.
LV & MCU Egyptian tanks with crews sitting on top. (2 shots)
SV U.N. Officials around canteen.
CU U.N. Soldier walks off with kettle.
SV U.N. Troops relax.
CU ZOOM OUT from Polish soldier badge to see U.N. officers talking.
LV Newsmen seated in press conference in open desert.
CU TILT DOWN Map of buffer zone.
SV Cameramen film as Siilasvuo arrives.
SV Newsmen listen
CU & LV Siilasvuo speaks. (3 shots)
"General Gamassy, the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army, General Alazar, and myself signed a disengagement plan based on the Israeli-Egyptian agreement of 18 January. I expressed the hope that we are on the road to that cherished goal."
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Background: The disengagement of the Egyptian and Israeli armies in the Sinai Desert is now complete. On Thursday (7 March) the U.N. Emergency Force Commander, General Ensio Siilasvuo invited newsmen to inspect the buffer zone separating the two armies. Two days before, the U.N. forces had occupied a broad strip of territory stretching eighteen miles back from the Suez Canal, as laid down in the Israeli-Egyptian agreement of 18 January.
For the moment U.N. patrols in the zone are limited to the roads while Polish U.N. troops, helped by Egyptian flail tanks, clear the thousands of mines left by the Israelis.
General Siilasvuo told reporters that the Chiefs of Staff of the Egyptian and Israeli armies had signed a disengagement plan based on the January 18 agreement. Now, he said, breaches of the ceasefire were practically impossible. Neither side could reach the other with small arms fire. The two armies are now limited to seven thousand men and thirty tanks each. Between them are the two thousand men of the U.N. force.
This film includes a statement by General Siilvasvuo. A transcript is given below: