INTRODUCTION: British Foreign Secretary and Chairman of the European Economic Community Lord Carrington has flown to Saudi Arabia to discuss new Middle East peace initiatives.
(MUTE) SAUDI ARABIA
GV Lord Carrington arriving at Riyadh airport
CU & SV Prince Saud greeting Carrington (2 shots)
GV Carrington and Prince walking from tarmac
GV & SV INTERIOR Carrington and Saudi delegation, including Prince Saud (3 shots)
GV & PAN TO Members listening to Menachem Begin in Knesset speaking in Hebrew (4 shots)
GV & PAN Begin continues speaking as members listen (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: British Foreign Secretary and Chairman of the European Economic Community Lord Carrington has flown to Saudi Arabia to discuss new Middle East peace initiatives. One of the plans was evolved by the EEC and announced in June last year -- the second is an eight point proposal drafted recently by Saudi Arabia.
SYNOPSIS: Lord Carrington's arrival in Riyadh took on added importance as it followed closely a visit by the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Yasser Arafat. Both had come to Saudi Arabia for talks with Foreign Minister Prince Saud who led the official welcome for Lord Carrington.
Although Yasser Arafat left before the arrival of Lord Carrington, Prince Saud was able to brief him on talks held between himself, the PLO leader and Crown Prince Faud ... the author of the Saudi peace plan.
Lord Carrington's role was to meet with the Saudi delegation to try and find common ground between their plan and the EEC initiative. The Community has called for endorsement of security rights for all Middle East states, has supported Palestinian self-determination and the inclusion of the PLO among the negotiating parties. U.S. President Ronald Reagan has also welcomed the plan.
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin takes the opposite view...saying the initiatives threaten the existence of the Jewish state. He told the Knesset (Parliament) on Monday (2 November) that Lord Carrington can travel from one Arab country to another and promise that Europe will support the establishment of a Palestinian state, but without Israeli support nothing will come of it.
Mr. Begin also attacked the Saudi plan which he said was in opposition to the Camp David peace accords. He called it "nothing but the old Arab formula to try and liquidate the State of Israel". On hearing of Mr. Begin's speech, Lord Carrington said he hoped the Israeli leader would see the latest initiatives as a basis for negotiations.