In Washington, negotiations at the United States' ponsored peace talks between Egypt and Israel discussed conflicting claims on Tuesday (14 November) concerning oilfields in Sinai.
CU President Anwar Sadat of Egypt speaking in English
SADAT: "At the previous day's attendance, we want to show our - I mean - determination for a decent solution and then if the others will not respond this would be their responsibility before the whole world."
REPORTER: "Is there a possibility of a suspension of the talks still existing?"
SADAT: "I am not speaking today of a suspension of the talks. I am sending the Vice President tomorrow to President Carter and I was amazed yesterday when I heard that some agencies declared that we had suspended the talks. No, we did not suspend, we only called back the Minister for State for consultations and he will be returning."
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Background: In Washington, negotiations at the United States' ponsored peace talks between Egypt and Israel discussed conflicting claims on Tuesday (14 November) concerning oilfields in Sinai. An Israeli with-drawal from Sinai is part of the peace treaty conditions demanded by Egypt and the discussions centred on Israeli exploitation of the fields while it has occupied Sinai. At home, both countries have been studying an American proposal to meet in Egyptian demand to link the peace treaty to the Palestinian issue. In Ismailia on Tuesday, President Sadat was asked about the visit by Vice-President Hosni Mubarak to Washington, and the possibility of the talks being suspended.