NBC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 03, 1980
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(Studio) Indications that Camp David peace accords are floundering noted, incl. Egypt's suspension of Palestinian autonomy talks indefinitely due to Israel's declaration of Jerusalem as its capital.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley
(Cairo, Egypt) President Anwar Sadat's letter to Menahem Begin noted referring to Jerusalem. [For. minister Hassan ALI - comments on Begin.] Egyptian position outlined; question of why Egypt used such roundabout methods to announce suspension considered. Pressure on Sadat from Carter admin. not to pull out of talks before upcoming Democratic Convention due to President's belief that Camp David is his principle foreign policy achievement noted.
REPORTER: James Compton
(Jerusalem, Israel) Egypt's ambassador Saad Murtada's delivery of Sadat's letter to Begin reported; details given, films shown. [BEGIN - comments on letter.] Letter and Israel's reply said discussed at cabinet meeting tomorrow; probability that Israel will not change its position on Jerusalem or accept any responsibility for suspension of autonomy talks mentioned. Indications that Begin's government is faced with domestic as well as international problems explained.
REPORTER: Arthur Kent
(DC) President Carter reported returning from Camp David facing possible collapse of Camp David process as well as Billy Carter affair; President's reliance on Camp David accords as his major foreign policy success mentioned. Carter said recing. message from Sadat about the peace talks; United States recalled urging Begin government not to annex eastern Jerusalem. Latest breakdown of talks said threatening to tarnish Carter's image as Mideast peacemaker at a time when he can least afford it.
REPORTER: John Palmer
(Studio) Jordan's King Hussein, in interview with "United States News and World Report", quoted with regard to Mideast Peace; UN, President Carter mentioned.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley
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