An American Field Mission in the Sinai, which has been monitoring Israeli-Egyptian activities in the area for the past two and a half years, has been chosen as the site for the exchange of peace treaty documents between Israel and Egypt on Monday, April 16th.
GV UN troops crossing border in truck
CU UN troops talking to member of US field mission
GV American Sinai field mission building with welcome sign (2 shots)
GV PAN DOWN TO Radio aerial on monitoring station
LV INTERIOR Mission director Ray Hunt seated with reporter at table where treaty signing will take place
SV Hunt speaking to reporter
GV US field mission staff eating in canteen (2 shots)
SV US Mission members relaxing in lounge reading newspapers (2 shots)
GV PAN ALONG The Giddi and Mitla pass PAN ACROSS the pass TO U.S. mission observation post
SV INTERIOR US observer looks through TV monitoring camera
SV Observer speaking on phone and recording message and telexing information (3 shots)
GV UN post at Mitla post with Ghanaian troops (3 shots)
HUNT: "The violations that we have called in the past two and a half years, have been primarily technical or administrative in nature. It's obvious that both the Israeli and Egyptian governments wanted the Sinai agreement to work and they cooperated to the fullest extent. We bridged a certain amount of lack of confidence or lack of trust between the two parties."
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Background: An American Field Mission in the Sinai, which has been monitoring Israeli-Egyptian activities in the area for the past two and a half years, has been chosen as the site for the exchange of peace treaty documents between Israel and Egypt on Monday, April 16th.
SYNOPSIS: This corridor between the two sides in under United Nations control. A U.N. guard detachment from a Ghanaian battalion admits UN troops to the site of next Monday's exchange of the Peace Treaty ratification.
It is perhaps significant that this particular spot should have been chosen for the exchange of the Peace Treaty documents. The Mission is in the heart of what was one of the bloodiest battlefields in the past Israeli-Egyptian wars.
Mission director Ray Hunt discussed the kind of problems faced by his staff during their peace-keeping duties.
Food is an important item to the one hundred and eighty Americans who spend six-week shifts on duty.
For recreation there are tennis and basketball courts, but a swimming pool was never completed.
Everything that moves along the Giddi and Mitla passes is identified and reported from the observation outpost. A combination of radar, heat sensors and seismograph equipment enables the observers to monitor any movements.
The sophisticated communications system would report directly to the UN command any serious truce violations. Then the UN, not the Americans, would take action.
Routine movements are reported by teleprinter to the main base, where long meticulous records are sent to all commands involved: The U.N., Israel and Egypt. Ghanaian troops, at the United Nations post at Mitla pass, look forward to better days to come.