The head of the United Nations peace-keeping force (UNEF) flew into Jerusalem on Friday (30 November) in a bid to preserve the fragile Middle East ceasefire, which was shaken by sporadic clashes between Israeli and Egyptian forces.
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SIILASVUO: "So I have just arrived from Cairo. I came here to meet my representative here, in order to discuss unit methods with them. As you know we already have troops also based in Israeli-occupied Sinai, and of course there are many things to be discussed. I also hope to meet Israel authorities during my stay."
REPORTER: "Are you going to meet General Dayan, sir?"
SIILASVUO: "Well, that we'll see..."
REPORTER: "Thank you very much sir."
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Background: The head of the United Nations peace-keeping force (UNEF) flew into Jerusalem on Friday (30 November) in a bid to preserve the fragile Middle East ceasefire, which was shaken by sporadic clashes between Israeli and Egyptian forces.
Major General Ensio Siilasvuo of Finland arrived in Jerusalem shortly after an Israeli military communique reported fighting around the Suez Canal where Israeli troops were put on a high state of alert.
General Siilasvue went directly to the U.N. Headquarters to discuss the peacekeeping operation with his officials. A U.N. spokesman said they were trying to make arrangements to meet Israeli officials, probably on Sunday (2 December) because Saturday is the Jewish Sabbath.
General Siilasvuo was expected to have talks with Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan, after having met the Egyptian War Minister Ahmed Ismail before going to Jerusalem.
The Suez front alert followed the breakdown on Thursday (29 November) of the ceasefire talks, which were chaired by General Siilasvuo at kilometre 101 on the Cairo-Suez road.
The talks broke down when Egypt accused israel of dragging its feet on the second provision of the ceasefire agreement calling for immediate talks on the withdrawal of forces to the October 22 ceasefire lines.