In Cairo on Thursday (22 December), the Middle East Peace Conference called by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat went into recess pending his meeting on Sunday (25 December) with Israeli Premier Menachem Begin at Ismailia.
GV EXT Mena House
SV INT Egyptian and Israeli delegates shaking hands, PAN ON Israeli's Eliahu Ben Elissar taking seat.
CU Egyptian delegation
CU United Nations delegation.
SV United States delegation.
LV Delegates seated as newsmen are unshered out.
GV Mena House
CU Mr. Elissar leaves and replies to reporters' questions.
SV Chefs with inscribed cake.
SV Dancing girls
CU Newsmen taking photograph.
CU U.S. Delegate Mr. Atherton watching.
CU Dancing girl with candles in ornate holder on her head.
CU United Nations delegate General Silasvuo puts on his glasses and applauds.
REPORTER: "Can you tell us about the outcome of the talks?"
ELISSAR: "Why the outcome of the talks? We are going to continue."
REPORTER: "This will be the last session before the Ismailia meeting?"
ELISSAR: "Yes, this is correct."
REPORTER: "How did the talks go today, and what do you see for the future?"
ELISSAR: "Today very well, I can tell you, very well. A spirit of co-operation. There were many points of disagreement, we know them, and will continue."
REPORTER: "Has an agenda finally been worked out for the Cairo conference?"
ELISSAR: "Well not completely. Not entirely. But we have delineated, actually, points of agreement and disagreement."
REPORTER: "Could it be said that this conference remains in suspended animation until Sunday?"
ELISSAR: "Not in suspended animation, but it's suspended till Sunday actually, till the summit meeting."
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Background: In Cairo on Thursday (22 December), the Middle East Peace Conference called by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat went into recess pending his meeting on Sunday (25 December) with Israeli Premier Menachem Begin at Ismailia.
SYNOPSIS: The Cairo villa, called Mena House, was once again the venue for the conference which has met only for only three formal sessions in eight days. There were the usual friendly greetings between the delegates as they arrived for the talks, but they were not to stay long. The working session of the day was to last only forty five minutes.
The Egyptian delegation was later to say that many differences have yet to be settled at the conference, which is also being attended by United Nations' representatives and delegates from the United States. The U.N. and U.S. delegations, however, are not doing much of the talking.
Conference sources say they have only intervened to give general assistance. Soon after the talks went into recess, the head of the Israeli delegation, Eliahu Ben Elissar, spoke to newsmen.
The night before the session went into recess, journalists who are covering it were treated to a special cabaret evening.
All the delegates attending the conference were invited, but few attended. The United States delegates, however, were there to join in the fun.
And the chief of the United Nations delegation, General Silasvuo, also came along.