President Anwar Sadat has said Egypt will go to war again if Israel does not respond to his peace moves.
GV: Sadat and entourage down street in cars, PAN TO waving crowds.
GV: Crowds being held back by police.
GV: Sadat in car down street.
GV: Crowded ships and boats on Canal.
SV: Sadat and Egyptian Navy Commander standing to salute guard of honour in Port Said Naval base.
GV PAN: Naval ship passes by with sailors to attention on deck.
GV: Sadat waving to crowds on boats, walks off down gangway.
GV PAN: Various ships on Suez Canal. (2 SHOTS)
The Reuters News Agency quoted Western diplomatic sources as saying the main purpose of Mr. Sadat's speech was to prod the United States into making fresh moves to try to being about a settlement, and Israel into reconsidering its position. The sources said Mr. Sadat also warned to reassure the army of its central role in his attempts to reach an overall peace agreement and was at the same time responding to feelings of frustration in Egypt over what is seen in the country as Israel's failure to react to the peace overtures. They said Mr. Sadat's warning should be seen as a long-term threat.
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Background: President Anwar Sadat has said Egypt will go to war again if Israel does not respond to his peace moves. In his strongest speech since beginning direct peace talks almost seven months ago, Mr. Sadat told units of Egypt's second army, which spearheaded the Canal crossing in the 1973 October War, that they would have to go to war again if it become necessary as a result of Israel's failure to understand the spirit behind his peace initiative. President Sadat was speaking in Ismailia on Wednesday (7 June) during a tour of the Canal area which coincided with the third anniversary of the Suez Canal being re-opened.
SYNOPSIS: Large crowds turned out in Port Said for the visit by President Sadat, accompanied by his Vice-President Hosny Mubarek and Prime Minister Mamdouh Salem.
Until recently President Sadat had repeatedly said the 1973 war would be the last against Israel. After the President had attended the Canal celebrations where there was a display of the country's naval strength, he said Egypt was prepared to give Israel peace and security, but not a single inch of land or sovereignty.
Direct political and military talks between Egypt and Israel have been stalled for almost five months and President Sadat reiterated they would not resume until Israel changed its stand. Egypt wants self-determination for Palestinians on the Jordan West Bank and the Gaza Strip and removal of all Israeli settlements and airfields in Egypt's occupied Sinai desert. Israel rejects both demands. But President Sadat emphasised his peace initiative had not failed, adding that peace could not come in six or seven months. Mr. Sadat also said he would not accept any Israelis in a proposed United Nations peace-keeping force in the Port of Sharm El Sheikh at the entrance of the Aqaba Gulf.