American Secretary of State William Rogers expressed hope in Washington on Tuesday (June 15) that an interim settlement could be reached, this year, to allow the opening of the Suez Canal.
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TRANSCRIPT: ROGERS (SEQ. 2): "Everyone, and when I say everyone I am speaking about Egypt and Israel, the Soviet Union, the United States and others -- England and France all would like to have the Suez Canal opened. Secondly, there is agreement that if it is open it has to be operated by the Egyptians. Three, we all agree it would only be a step toward full implementation of Security Council resolution 242. In other words that the objective is a final peace agreement and this would not be an end in itself. Fourth, that during x number of months or years the ceasefire would have to continue because it would make no sense to have an interim agreement if the fighting should start. Five, that if there has to be a withdrawal on the part of Israel from the canal and there would have to be an agreement that the evacuated territories would be probably would involve some kind of an observer force or international force. Someone to separate...in other words to move into the evacuated territory. Now there are large areas of disagreement...What kind of evacuation to where? Who would cross the canal? What kind of an observer force would be involved? And these questions are complex. But we would hope very much that based on these common factors... common in the sense that all parties want them...that something could be worked out certainly this year, and we would hope that considerable progress could be made before the meeting of the General Assembly this Fall."
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Background: American Secretary of State William Rogers expressed hope in Washington on Tuesday (June 15) that an interim settlement could be reached, this year, to allow the opening of the Suez Canal.
Speaking at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Mr. Rogers listed five major points of agreement by the Big Four powers (France, United Kingdom, United States and the USSR) and Egypt and Israel regarding Middle East objectives.
All sides agree that the Suez canal should be opened under Egyptian auspices. The disagreements ,however, concern principles governing an Israeli withdrawal from the banks of the Canal. Later, a State Department spokesman said the United States intended to do everything possible to achieve agreement in the next round of Big Four talks in Berlin in June 25.