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    In the United Kingdom, Egyptian officials attending Middle East peace talks being held at Leeds Castle in Kent have complained that the United States and israel had set their objectives too low.

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    GV Leeds Castle, Kent (4 shots)

    SCU Police with guns at entrance to castle (2 shots)

    SV Security men checking newsmen (2 shots)

    SV & CU Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan talking to United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance (2 shots)

    SV Dayan and Vance answering questions from newsmen in English

    SV Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Mohammed Kamel being greeted by Vance and then shaking hands with Dayan

    SV ZOOM IN Kamel speaking in English answering newsmen's questions

    SV Newsmen speaking, followed by Kamel and Dayan speaking in English (2 shots)

    SV Party enters castle for talks

    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Are you at all bothered by Mr. Waldheim's comments this morning. He says that he's not very optimistic that you're going to achieve anything?"

    VANCE: "Well, we're all here to talk and it's good that the parities are beginning to talks directly to each other again, and we'll just see where we go from here."

    REPORTER: "General Dayan, I wonder if we could ask you a question?"

    DAYAN: "No, you can't."

    REPORTER: "We understand you??? not able to discuss President Sadat's latest peace proposal. Is that right?"

    DAYAN: "Well, I'll just say that I'm not here this morning to answer any questions. When I have something to say, I'm sure we shall. But not just now this morning. We're here to take photos and that's about it. (indistinct)."

    REPORTER: "How do you like the place, Mr. Kamel?"

    SEQ. 7: KAMEL: "It's wonderful. If we get to something positive it will be even more wonderful."

    REPORTER: "Do you feel more secure here than you would have felt in London?"

    KAMEL: "Well, I don't occupy myself with security. I leave that to others."

    REPORTER: "When are you going to get down to business?"

    KAMEL: "Right now, in about two minutes."

    SEQ. 8: DAYAN AND KAMEL: "Thank you very much."

    The decision to use the moated castle was made on Sunday (15 July) after British Prime Minister James Callaghan gave a warning that the Churchill Hotel in London -- planned as the meeting place -- was vulnerable to terrorist attack.

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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In the United Kingdom, Egyptian officials attending Middle East peace talks being held at Leeds Castle in Kent have complained that the United States and israel had set their objectives too low. An official spokesman told Reuters news agency that Egypt had come to the conference table hoping for a real breakthrough. But after preliminary discussions with United States and Israeli officials, the spokesman said that Egypt was no longer so optimistic. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ibrahim Mohammed Kamel and his Israeli counterpart, Moshe Dayan, are sitting with United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance round an oval table in the heavily-guarded 1,000 year old fortress. As well as unprecedented security measures, special attention has been paid to the atmosphere in which the meeting it taking place, with an emphasis on informality being stressed by the American organisers.

    SYNOPSIS: Leeds Castle is impenetrable. It sits in the middle of its own lake, and every angle has been covered by security police. On the day of the first session of talks, armed policemen stopped cars at the entrance to the castle grounds and checked everyone's credentials. Policemen with revolvers and pump shotguns were on duty with guard dogs around the castle. On Tuesday morning (18 July) newsmen and photographers were invited to meet the Arab and Israeli delegations briefly. But before entry, they were carefully checked.

    General Dayan and Cyrus Vance met newsmen outside the castle.

    Mr. Kamel joined the others at the photo session about five minutes later, and was greeted by Mr. Vance and General Dayan.

    The three men were scheduled to meet in the conference room in the innermost part of the castle after Mr. Vance spoke to Mr. Dayan and then Mr. Kamel alone.

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