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Mideast Peace Developments / Treaty Signing #262781

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 26, 1979
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(DC) Details given with regard to treaty signing ceremony; films shown. President Carter noted as official witness to treaty. [CARTER - talks about future problems.] Lack of mention of Palestinians during Carter's speech noted. Arab student demonstration in Lafayette Park reported, shown. [Anwar SADAT - calls for end to wars, denial of rights.] [Menahem BEGIN - talks about Peace.] Congress approval necessary for United States commitments in treaty cited. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's role in Mideast peace diplomacy, ending in treaty signing today recalled. Films shown.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Negotiating sessions with regard to pts. in treaty said occurring in Oval Office up to last minute. Gulf of Aqaba, Gulf of Eilat mentioned. Begin's demand for west bank name change to Jude a and Samaria said resolved in Hebrew and English versions; details given. Sadat's alleged elimination of mention of Palestinian issue in speech discussed. Carter's meeting with congress leaders after ceremony with regard to United States financial commitment to Israel and Egypt as per treaty agreement noted.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(DC) Leather binding of treaty detailed.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Pts. in treaty agreed to by Egypt and Israel examined, include details of Israeli withdrawal from Sinai, beginning at El Arish. Possibility of Israeli purchase of Sinai oil considered; passage of Israeli ships thru Suez Canal and abandonment of Israeli settlements and air fields in Gaza Strip and Etzion and naval base at Sharm El Sheikh detailed. Diplomatic relations, include exchange of ambs., lifting of trade barriers and opening of borders between two cntrys. noted as incld. in treaty. Photos shown. Side letter to treaty, signed by both Begin and Sadat, said to cover west bank and Gaza Strip autonomy issue. Israeli position with regard to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and independent Palestinian state contrasted to United States and Egyptian positions with regard to issue. US-Israel agreements with regard to defense and United States oil supply to Israel reported.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(DC) NYC's Time Square tower shown flashing multilingual sign re: treaty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Stahl, Lesley

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