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    Egypt has given the United States written guidance on how it wants the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty linked to an overall Middle East settlement.

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    GV Pyramid.

    GV Acting Foreign Minister Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali arrives and enters rest house.

    GV President Anwar Sadat arrives and enters rest house.

    GV PAN FROM Newsmen outside rest house TO guard

    SV INTERIOR President Sadat, Dr. Ghali and Prime Minister Mr. Mustapha Khalil studying documents.

    Dr. Ghali told newsmen that the he hoped the talks, at present being held at military level, would overcome the difficulties and that Egypt wanted talks on the West Bank and Gaza to start one month after signing the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. He said a date should be fixed for the completion of these talks and that Egypt also wanted a date for the termination of the Israeli military rule in the two regions and a withdrawal of Israeli forces there. Israel has agreed that talks about the West Bank and Gaza could start one month after the peace treaty was signed, ut was opposed fixing a specific timetable.

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    Background: Egypt has given the United States written guidance on how it wants the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty linked to an overall Middle East settlement. The United States Ambassador in Cairo, Mr. Hermann Eilts was told of Egypt's vies at the weekend when he met Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil and acting Foreign Minister Boutros Boutros Ghali.

    SYNOPSIS: The two ministers saw Mr. Eilts on Sunday (19 November) after a meeting with President Anwar Sadat at Giza, not far from Cairo, Saturday to discuss the state of the peace talks in Washington.

    Dr. Ghali, number two in the Egyptian negotiating team in Washington was recalled last week for consultations with President Sadat. After the meeting at Giza, no statement was made immediately, but Dr. Ghali later told newsmen the Egypt refused any bilateral or partial settlements with Israel that did not lead to a comprehensive Middle East settlement. He said Egypt's attitude had not changed since President Sadat's visit to Jerusalem a year ago.

    Dr. Ghali said that the differences between Egypt and Israel over the peace treaty centred on the question of a timetable for progress towards Palestinian autonomy of the West Bank of the Jordan and the Gaza Strip. These views are set out in the document later handed to Ambassador Eilts. He has been told the treaty should not give Israel any preferential treatment.

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