Israel's chief negotiator in the Palestinian autonomy talks with Egypt, Interior Minister Josef Burg, returned from Washington on Sunday (19 October) to report that the two countries remained sharply divided over the future of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank.
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CU Israeli Minister of the Interior and chief autonomy negotiator, Josef Burg speaking in English in Tel Aviv
NAOR: "The Cabinet approved the agreements which had been signed in Washington on Friday, between Israel and the United States, concerning the supply of oil to Israel in the case of nee. This agreement comes to carry out, and implement, the agreement signed by the two governments on the eve of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. The autonomy talks have been resumed in Washington last week and from that point of view, progress has been made and we are satisfied with it. We want the autonomy negotiations to not only be resumed, but also concluded, with a full agreement on the establishment of that autonomy, because it was our own idea and we want to establish it. But what will happen until the summit meeting, well, let's leave room for the future to decide what will be in the future."
BURG: "First of all we have to decide that there will be a summit conference. We only decided, and that is one of the positive outcomes of the 17th of November. There will be a meeting. And we also decided that this meeting will take place, not in Washington, but either in Egypt or israel. There, we will resume our talks that we started with this resumption in Washington, the 14th and 15th of October. And then one of those days, surely not in the year 1980, perhaps in the year 1981, surely in the year 1981, I believe, this summit will take place."
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Background: Israel's chief negotiator in the Palestinian autonomy talks with Egypt, Interior Minister Josef Burg, returned from Washington on Sunday (19 October) to report that the two countries remained sharply divided over the future of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank. Egypt broke off the talks after the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) adopted a law proclaiming all of Jerusalem, including the eastern section, to be Israel's eternal and indivisible capital. The talks resumed in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday (14-15 October) and will continue next month.
SYNOPSIS: As Mr. Burg was arriving at Tel Aviv airport, the Israeli Cabinet was approving a pact with the United States guaranteeing emergency oil supplies to the Jewish state. Agriculture Minister Ariel Sharon claimed the five-year pact was "reshed through" to guarantee votes for President Carter's presidential campaign, while other Ministers thought the terms too stringent. Cabinet spokesman, Aryeh Naor spoke of the agreement.