Egypt recalled its chief delegate to the stalled Washington Peace Treaty talks with Israel on Tuesday night (21 November).
SV Egyptian Vice President Hosni Mubarak arriving in Cairo and greeted by Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil
CU Mubarak speaking to newsmen at airport
SV Israeli Defense Minister Ezer Weizman leaving Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem
SV Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan leaving
SV Prime Minister Menachem Begin walking up to microphones in front of newsmen for press conference
CU Begin speaking
MUBARAK: "....the linkage, the West Bank and the Gaza with the withdrawals from Sinai, which we consider very vital and very important."
REPORTER: "You don't see any progress on the linkage question as far as Israel is concerned?"
MUBARAK: "I spoke with the Minister, the Israeli Minister of Defence, and we spoke for about two hours. I explained to him our situation and the principle on which we thought the negotiations, having these points in it."
REPORTER: "Are they more understanding now, sir?"
MUBARAK: "I think, I explained to him perfectly well and I answered all his questions and this depends upon the Cabinet."
BEGIN: "The decision adopted today by the government by fifteen votes for and two against. One, the government of Israel is prepared to sign the treaty of peace with Egypt, which was presented to it for consideration by the delegations of Israel to the peace negotiations -- if Egypt is ready to act likewise. Two: the latest proposals submitted to the government of Egypt are inconsistent with the Camp David agreement and are unacceptable to Israel. Three: after the signing of and ratification of the Israel, Israel is prepared to start negotiations in order to reach an agreement on the implementation of the administrative autonomy in Judea, Sumaria and Gaza districts in accordance with the provisions of the framework for peace in the Middle East, agreed at Camp David. (Indistinct) Thank-you, ladies and gentlemen."
The Middle East News Agency said that Egypt's recalling of its chief delegate does not mean the peace talks are suspended. The recall of Lieutenant-General Kamal Hassan Ali, the agency said, means only that "the situation needs more study and consultation".
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Egypt recalled its chief delegate to the stalled Washington Peace Treaty talks with Israel on Tuesday night (21 November). The decision came shortly after Israel rejected Egyptian proposals for a timetable linking the treaty to Palestinian self-rule. It was the first time that the chief delegate, Lieutenant General Kamal Hassan Ali, had been recalled to Cairo since the start of the peace talks seven weeks ago. Egyptian Vice-President, Hosni Mubarak, returned to Cairo from Washington on Monday (20 November) and accused Israel of going back on pledges it made on the timetables for Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and the return of an Egyptian presence to the Gaza Strip. In Jerusalem, Israel's Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, announced that the cabinet had agreed to sign a peace treaty. But, he said, his country would not negotiate specific details about self-rule in Judea, Sumaria or the Gaza districts until the Camp David accord had been signed.
SYNOPSIS: Vice President Mubarak was greeted in Cairo by Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil. Mr. Mubarak said he had clarified the latest Egyptian position while in Washington, and he outlined is discussions with President Jimmy Carter.
In Jerusalem, Cabinet members, including Defence Minister, Ezer Weizman, and Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan -- the joint heads of the Israeli delegation to the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks -- emerged from a meeting, after voting on the peace treaty. Mr. Begin then announced the Cabinet's decision.