The United States Sinai Field Mission (SFM) is due to wind up its activities on April the 25th, when Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai.
GV Sinai field mission buildings and aerials and 'Welcome' sign. (2 SHOTS)
SV SFM members talking to newsmen.
SV Egyptian army officers and SFM members.
CU Robert Fouche, SFM deputy director, talking to helicopter pilot.
AERIAL VIEW Flying over Sinai.
SV INTERIOR Helicopter pilot at controls.
AERIAL VIEW Flying over field mission.
GV Helicopter approaching Field Mission, coming in to land, and landing. (3 SHOTS)
SV SFM personnel leaving helicopter and waling to base.
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Background: The United States Sinai Field Mission (SFM) is due to wind up its activities on April the 25th, when Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai. But there have been snags because Israel and Egypt haven't been able to agree on the position of 15 border markers along the 230 kilometres (143 miles) frontier. Dr. Osama El-Baz, the special envoy of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak conferred for two hours in Jerusalem on Tuesday (23 March) with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on the unresolved details of the Sinai withdrawal. Dr. El-Baz told newsmen on his return to Cairo that outstanding problems could be sorted out within a few days. Also on Tuesday (23 March), SFM officials briefed newsmen about the Mission's role over the past two years. During this period, the SFM has been carrying out inspection and limited reconnaissance duties, which it has to undertake when the UN Security Council did not renew the mandate for UN force in the Sinai. The main job of the inspection team, led by a US Foreign Service Officer, has been to monitor all movements into and through the strategic Giddi and Mitla Passes, and surrounding areas. After the last of the Israeli forces withdraw, the SFM will be turned over to a multinational force.