INTRODUCTION: Talks between Israel and Egypt on the problem of some future autonomy for the Palestinian, were resumed in Cairo on Wednesday (23 September) after a break of 16 months.
GV Cairo Mena House with security police.
SV Egyptian Deputy Premier Kamal Hassan Aly and Israeli Interior Minister Youssef Burg entering conference room.
GV U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Atherton speaks at press conference and PAN TO Israeli delegation.
GV Press conference ZOOM IN TO Hassan speaks as press conference continues.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Talks between Israel and Egypt on the problem of some future autonomy for the Palestinian, were resumed in Cairo on Wednesday (23 September) after a break of 16 months. Earlier talks were disrupted by disputes over an agenda for the discussions.
SYNOPSIS: The long-awaited resumption of talks brought delegates to the Mena House in Cairo which was ringed by a heavy guard. Inside, Egyptian Deputy Premier Kamal Hassan Aly and Israeli Interior Minister Youssef Burg walked together to meet US officials who were acting as mediators.
The American team was led by the US Ambassador to Egypt, Mr. Alfred Atherton. He faced the task of mediating in discussions which have been dogged, since their inception in May, 1979, by disputes over the extent of autonomy to be granted to the 1.2 million Palestinians in Israeli-occupied land. Israel wants the Palestinians to have limited control over their own day-to-day affairs in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, while Egypt wants them to have full autonomy. At yesterday's meeting Israel proposed replacing soldier with civilians in its administration of the areas.
Egyptian proposals were based on the belief that the Palestinians themselves should be brought into the discussions on their future. Egyptian negotiators also urged the Israelis to stop building settlements on occupied Arab territories and to restore Arab control of East Jerusalem. It was these last two points which were the main reasons for Egypt suspending the talks 16 months ago.