British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home arrived back in London today (Sunday 19 September) after visits to Cairo, Gibraltar and Rabat.
MV Douglas-Home down aircraft steps and greeted
MV Party walks across tarmac
SCV Interview (SOUND ON FILM)
SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME: "Well, this problem isn't going to be solved by wave of a wand. The feeling is too deep and both Israel and Egypt are concerned about their security, and this is essentially a matter of their life and the Egyptian point of view. The told me exactly what their feelings were as to how this might be solved, and so when I meet Mr. Eban, Israel's Foreign Minister in New York the week after next, I think I shall be able perhaps to tell him what the Egyptians feel, and this might help towards some kind of settlement, particularly I think, towards an interim settlement involving the opening of the Canal.
REPORTER: "Your visit coincided with the first gunfire along the Canal Zone since the cease-fire began and also the forcing down of an Egyptian plane. Were you aware of these incidents while you were there?"
DOUGLAS-HOME: "Well I was aware of them but they made no difference tot he talks."
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Background: British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home arrived back in London today (Sunday 19 September) after visits to Cairo, Gibraltar and Rabat.
Sir Alec said that both Israel and Egypt were interested in reopening the Suez Canal. He told reporters at London's Heathrow Airport that he had been able to understand Egypt's point of view and that he would be able to tell Israeli Foreign Minister Mr. Abba Eban how Egypt felt about the Canal when they meet in New York in two weeks's time.