President Carter said Wednesday (3 September) the stalled peace talks between Egypt and Israel would probably resume in the next few weeks.
GV Knesset building
SV Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin arriving at Knesset
SV Sol Linowitz, US Envoy arriving in car then enters Knesset
SV INTERIOR Begin on left and Linowitz on right seated (Begin speaking English) (4 shots)
SV EXTERIOR Newsmen
SCU Linowitz speaking English to newsmen
SV AND SCU Begin addressing newsmen in English (2 shots)
LINOWITZ: "We had a very good talk. I think we did make some progress. I am now going to go to Cairo to speak to President Sadat and I am hopeful that we may have made some progress towards a resumption of negotiations. I won't know yet whether or not this is going to occur until I've had a chance to speak to President Sadat."
BEGIN: "If you ask me whether Israel made a suggestion to make any concessions in order to convince the Egyptian government to resume the talks the answer is no. We were not obliged, we are not obliged, to make such concessions and we didn't make them because the Egyptian government suspended the terms of the draft and should agree to resume them."
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Background: President Carter said Wednesday (3 September) the stalled peace talks between Egypt and Israel would probably resume in the next few weeks. He said the talks would be followed by another thee-way summit meeting later this year. Mr. carter disclosed the latest timetable after a telephone conversation with his special Middle East envoy, Sol Linowitz, who has just completed discussions with Middle East leaders in Jerusalem and Cairo.
SYNOPSIS: The discussions included intensive talks at the Israeli Knesset with the Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin.
Mr. Begin was presented with an American document containing proposals for the solution of the Palestinian autonomy question on the West Bank of the Jordan and Gaza strip.
Mr. Linowitz, who put forward the document, said Israel's acceptance of the proposals would contribute to the resumption of the talks with Egypt. After a two-hour meeting with Mr. Begin he said he was taking to Egypt some new American and Israeli ideas. Mr. Linowitz said that some progress had been made to rescue the deadlocked Mid-east talks. Both he and Mr. Begin spoke briefly to reporters after the meeting.