Egyptian President Anwar Sadat says the Middle East Peace talks between his country and Israel have reached a crucial phase and could collapse.
EXTERIOR MV: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat greeting British Prime Minister James Callaghan and his wife Audrey at his Aswan home.
INTERIOR MV: President Sadat and James Callaghan seated talking.
CU: James Callaghan making statement in English.
MV: President Sadat speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: CALLAGHAN: "I believe that the efforts that are being made by President Sadat in the number of people he is seeing and discussing and putting his position to them very frankly are going to help us to secure this prize and I hope that the other parties - the Syrians, the Jordanians, the Lebanese, the representatives of the Palestinians - all of them must join in the negotiations at some stage so that a comprehensive settlement can be reached."
SADAT: "I insist upon the representation of the Palestinians, number one. Number two, I am terribly sorry for the....for the...I mean the Palestinian position that has been shown by Arafat and his colleagues who have excluded themselves and lost a unique opportunity really to join with us in Cairo conference. But it is not late. Let us hope that after the declaration of principle they can find their way to Cairo here."
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Background: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat says the Middle East Peace talks between his country and Israel have reached a crucial phase and could collapse. The talks were endangered by differences between the two sides on self-determination for the Palestinians and the future of Jewish settlements in occupied Arab territories, he said.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat made his remarks to the press after meeting the British Prime Minister James Callaghan in Aswan on Friday (13 January). Mr and Mrs Callaghan flew into Egypt for the brief visit on their way home from a ten-day tour of the Indian subcontinent.
Mr. Callaghan said he believed peace was within grasp and Britain's role was to try to ease the path of negotiations. Both leaders stated their attitudes on securing what Mr. Callaghan termed 'the prize' of a final settlement.