Israel and Egypt are close to agreement on new droop positions in the Sinai desert, according to United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, who is mediating in the negotiations.
GV & SV Helicopter landing, security men looking on (2 shots)
GV Kissinger out of helicopter and greeted, accompanied by Fahmi (Egyptian)
SV PAN Kissinger and Sadat seated, newsmen speaking to Sadat and Kissinger
(SILENT) SV Kissinger arriving in Israel accompanied by Allon (Israeli)
SCU Allon speaking
The film includes an interview with Egypt's President Sadat. The text is as follows:
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: REPORTER: "Mr. President, is Egypt ready for an extended period of peace with Israel?"
SADAT: "I don't know what you mean by extended peace, extended period of peace."
REPORTER: "A period lasting more than a year."
SADAT: "Well this is something the Israelis say from their point of view and we have our point of view and as I told you it is hopeless to define yet to disclose all this."
SEQ 5: ALLON: "The Egyptians will be allowed to advance into the existing battle zone where their forces, their limited forces, will be allowed to take over this strip of land. There may be one change in this battle zone and they will be permitted to go south along the Gulf of Suez a certain distance but in the zone which, according to the original plan should be controlled by the UN and administered by a similar administration by the Egyptians."
REPORTER: "Why did you agree to that mr. Allon, why did you make that concession?"
KISSINGER: "Look excuse me I really do not feel that I can be part of this discussion but .. any such discussion take place it should .."
ALLON: " .. no need to discuss(indistinct) .. in detail. Secondly I would like to say that in addition to the work they have to do on the bilateral agreement between us and Egypt, there is some work to do about certain other papers between us and the United States which will be clarified tomorrow."
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This film also includes a telerecording of Dr. Kissinger and Israeli Foreign Minister, Yigal Allon, talking to reporters. The next is as follows:
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Background: Israel and Egypt are close to agreement on new droop positions in the Sinai desert, according to United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, who is mediating in the negotiations. He said an agreement could be reached by the weekend.
After talks with Egyptian President Sadat earlier on Tuesday (26 August) Dr. Kissinger flew back to Jerusalem to discuss with Israeli negotiators their views on Egypt's latest proposals for an interim agreement.
Dr. Kissinger will then return to Alexandria to give the Israeli views to Mr. Sadat.
Dr. Kissinger said he believed both israel and Egypt understood their obligations, but there could be difficulty in setting down the appropriate language to reflect this.
The two sides have to find the words setting out the agreement that will not upset the Israeli government's domestic opponents on one hand and Egypt's Arab allies on the other.
Both countries are making the sort of concessions that eluded Dr. Kissinger on his unsuccessful Middle East peace mission last March.
Israel has agreed that Egyptian soldiers will occupy some of the territory in Sinai Israel has relinquished after previously insisting that such territory should be demilitarised the turned over to the United Nations.