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Mideast Developments / Peace Talks #503066

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 28, 1979
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(Studio) Reports from Israel noted that foreign minister Moshe Dayan told members of parliament that President Carter has said that if Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty not signed in 10 days, American policy in Mideast will be reassessed. Denials of story by Israel, White House and Secretary of State reported Reuters News Service report on Dayan's alleged remark, that he was told in Washington, DC that United States will intervene in Mideast wherever ints. are threatened, stated. Prime Min. Menahem Begin's upcoming trip to United States mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Israel) Details about Dayan's alleged statements to Knesset cmtes. given. Begin's remarks earlier in day, with regard to Carter's report that only small differences remain in talks and with regard to alleged new Egyptian positions, noted. [BEGIN - comments.] Israel's situation in negotiations examined.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

(Studio) Denials by White House, Israeli embassy and State Department with regard to ultimatum allegedly given by Carter noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) [Secretary of State Cyrus VANCE - doesn't recall any set deadline, but that all ptys. agreed on need for speed.] Major remaining issue noted to be linkage of treaty with Palestinian self-government on west bank and Gaza Strip; concerns of both sides about issue outlined. Israeli withdrawal from Sinai mentioned. United States officials' view of flexibility of both ptys. stated.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) President Carter's indication in Tuesday news conference that he had originated idea of Begin visit recalled. Is reported that it was Begin's suggestion.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Brown, Hilary;
Chancellor, John;
Valeriani, Richard

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