United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger last night broke off his efforts for a peace settlement between Israel and Egypt because of irreconcilable difference over key issues.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: PATIR: "The talks intended to initiate a movement towards a peaceful settlement between Egypt and Israel have been suspended. From the early stages of the negotiations, Israel stated its readiness to evacuate the Giddi and Mitla passes and the Abu Rudeis oilfields in return for a renunciation by the state of war by Egypt. Egypt refused to renounce the state of war, and insisted that it continue. Nevertheless, Israel offered in return for a less binding political undertaking, to withdraw its forces from the present disengagement lines, including the Western part of the strategic passes, including the Mitla and the Giddi, and to transfer them to UN control. Israel also offered to transfer the oilfields to Egyptian administration. This offer was rejected as well by Egypt. This rejection by Egypt let to the suspension of the talks.
SEQ. 7: RABIN: "I am sure that the United States and you will continue to find every possible avenue to move -- or to help the parties to move -- from war to peace. Please accept out great respect, appreciation and admiration for what you have done."
SEQ. 8: KISSINGER: "This is a sad day for America, which had invested much hope and faith, and we know it is a sad day also for Israel, which needs and wants peace."
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Background: United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger last night broke off his efforts for a peace settlement between Israel and Egypt because of irreconcilable difference over key issues.
The announcement came as no great surprise, as Dr. Kissinger's two-week shuttle between Israel and Egypt had plunged into deadlock.
The American side said it was time for a reassessment of the situation, but that Dr. Kissinger -- returning to Washington to report to President Ford -- would continue to keep in touch with Egyptian and Israeli leaders.
Israel immediately blamed the breakdown of the latest peace mission on Egypt, declaring that Israel had offered the Egyptians two main formulas for settlement -- both involving withdrawal from the Sinai -- in return for a statement of non-belligerency from Cairo. But this had been refused by President Sadat.
This was how Mr. Dan Patir, a spokesman for the Israeli Premier's office, announced the breakdown last night: Today, Dr. Kissinger appeared visibly moved as he left Israel for home. At the airport, he spoke in a voice choked with emotion. Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin was there with him, and both spoke about their reactions to the breakdown of negotiations: