Dr. Mohammed El-Zayyat, Egypt's chief delegate to the Arab-Israeli peace talks, told reporters outside the?
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SCU Egyptian spokesman talking to Press
EXTERIOR OF U.S. BUILDING: EGYPTIAN SPOKESMAN TALKING TO PRESS.
EGYPTIAN AMBASSADOR: "I've said this before and I think I'd better repeat it, whenever...(indistinct)...I said 24 hours a day and seven days a week".
QUESTION: "... when do you wish to see him?"
AMBASSADOR: "No, no when I was to see him I'll tell him that then he'd wish to see me I'll go. I'm always accepting his calls. I think I've said that today and thank you very much."
QUESTION: "Are you happy that Ambassador Tekoah went home?"
AMBASSADOR: "I can tell you about my happiness or unhappiness, I don't want to tell you about your happiness or unhappiness".
QUESTION: "I'm talking about Ambassador Jarring..."
AMBASSADOR: "...I'm not talking about Mr. Jarring's happiness or unhappiness. I have enough to tell you about how happy I am or unhappy am I. I can tell you I'll be happy if I see signs that the other party is serious. This is indeed a historical moment. It can be taken or it can be escaped. And if you can take this seriously, then I'll by happy. If you don't take it seriously then I'll be indeed very unhappy. Thank you."
QUESTION: "Are they taking it seriously, the other side?"
AMBASSADOR: "Well I leave you to make your own conclusions because I have said yesterday that I do not want to destroy my own mission by making destructive statements."
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Background: Dr. Mohammed El-Zayyat, Egypt's chief delegate to the Arab-Israeli peace talks, told reporters outside the UN Building, on Wednesday (August 26) that the negotiations marked a "historic moment".
The Egyptian chief delegate met the Press yesterday after a 45-minute talk with the U.N. Middle East representative, Dr. Gunnar Jarring. He would be happy, he said, if he saw signs that the other party (Israel) was serious about the negotiations.