JERUSALEM/KIRYAT SHMONA, ISRAEL
After six rounds of negotiations in the northern Israeli frontier town of Kiryat Shmona, the United States, Lebanon and Israel agreed on a compromise agenda for peace talks in the Middle East on January 13.
JERUSALEM/KIRYAT SHMONA, ISRAEL
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7. SV Lebanese officials 0.52
8. SCU Head of Israeli delegation, David Kimche gives details of peace deal (SOT) 2.14
9. GV EXTERIOR Government offices 2.16
10. GV US envoy Philip Habib enters building 2.24
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TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE EIGHT): KIMCHE: "Termination of the state of war, security arrangements, framework for mutual relations, including such issues as liaison, ending of hostile propaganda, the movement of goods, products and persons, communications, etcetera, programme of complete withdrawals, conditions for Israeli withdrawal, within the context of the evacuation of all foreign forces, possible guarantees; Note, the agenda has incorporated the subjects proposed by the delegations of Israel and Lebanon; All agree to address the items on the agenda open mindedly, without commitment to the outcome, of any negotiations. Each delegation may raise subjects additional to those on the agenda. As has been said, we have already begun to discuss the first item. Thank you."
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Background: JERUSALEM/KIRYAT SHMONA, ISRAEL
After six rounds of negotiations in the northern Israeli frontier town of Kiryat Shmona, the United States, Lebanon and Israel agreed on a compromise agenda for peace talks in the Middle East on January 13. After more than 20 hours of talks during the past three weeks, all three countries agreed on a compromise plan worked out by Mr. Morris Draper, the head of the United States delegation. The main reason for the delay was the Israeli demand that normalisation of relations should be the major topic of discussion. But Lebanon, anxious not to upset Arab allies, turned this down and claimed the main issue was the withdrawal of the estimated 30,000 Israeli troops in south Lebanon. The compromise formula made no mention of normalisation, but instead spoke of a framework for mutual relations, which would cover commercial links, mutual communications and an end to hostile propaganda. The new agenda was announced in Kiryat Shmona by the leader of the Israeli delegation to tripartite meetings, Mr David Kimche. He said they had agreed to hold simultaneous discussions on all items of contention. The main issues included, he said, an end to the fighting, withdrawal of foreign troops and the freedom of all parties to raise new issues for debate. News of the peace plan agenda came as Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, and United States envoy, Mr. Philip Habib, were having talks on the slow progress of the negotiations. There was no official comment from the prime minister or the envoy after their meeting, but observers say Mr Habib was sent back to the region by President Reagan, who was anxious to make some headway. It was known before the meeting started that the United States was considering postponing a visit to Washington by Mr. Begin next month if there was no progress with the talks.
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