Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was appealed to Israel to show more flexibility in peace negotiations.?
CU Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan speaking in English at press conference at Jerusalem. (2 SHOTS)
CU President Sadat speaking in Austria, in English to reporters.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: DAYAN: "What we were told by the Egyptians was that they would be satisfied with a declaration of principles in a general way about the Palestinian question, or the general Middle Eastern Israeli-Arab conflict, and if we reach an agreement over such a declaration then they will go ahead and make into details with the bilateral problem of a Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty and go ahead with that. While we say that we do not want the PLO to be a partner, or the head of the PLO to be a partner for the negotiations about the issues of Gaza and the West Bank and so on, I cannot say that we can really honestly discuss the settlement of the refugee problems, fitting in half-a-million in the Jordan and so many in Kuwait and so many in the Lebanon, without representatives of the refugees themselves."
SEQ. 2: SADAT: "I'm asking now a question that I asked to Peres and I asked yesterday to Weizman this my question is, what do you want? the Israelis, I am asking the Israelis, what do you want? Peace? Permanent peace? Yes, we are ready for it. Good neighbourhood and normal relations and coexistence? Yes, we are ready for it. On what are we differing now? Well, it is one thing that we are differing upon, and that is the land. Mr. Begin wants to have all these plus the land and part of our sovereignty. I don't agree to this, I'm ready to give the first three points, but land or sovereignty I'm not ready at all, under any circumstances, to submit to anyone."
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Background: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was appealed to Israel to show more flexibility in peace negotiations. He returned to Cairo on Friday (14 July) after a week of Middle East peace talks in Austria - including a surprise four-hour meeting in Salzburg with Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman. He also met Israel's Labour Opposition leader Shimon Peres in Austria and told reporters later that both Israelis shared his views on a long-term Middle East settlement. The talks were the first between Egypt and Israel since negotiations stalled in January. Before leaving Austria, President Sadat claimed it was only the Egyptians who were making concessions and he asked Israel to be more flexible - especially in view of forthcoming talks in London. The same day, Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan told a press conference in Jerusalem how he viewed the situation.