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April 11, 1980 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-04-11

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Sadat and Carter Complete Discussions

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
President Carter and '
President Anwar Sadat of
Egypt completed their dis-
cussions Wednesday, after
four meetings in 24 hours,
without indicating publicly
what proposals on the au-
tonomy negotiations will be
made to Israeli Premier
Menahem Begin. when he
comes here next week for
the second round of Carter's
dual summit talks.
At a White House dinner
for Sadat Tuesday night and
in their remarks to report-
s Wednesday morning fol-
owing their final session,
the two' leaders spoke of
"full autonomy" for the
Palestinians and the essen-
tiality of a "comprehensive"
settlement in the Middle
East. But Carter said, "No
decision could be reached
because Israel must be con-
sulted as well." He said that
Begin has been kept in-
formed of the discussions
and will be provided with a
"full report" following
Sadat's departure. The
President added that Sadat,
in turn, will be kept fully
informed of his discussions
with the Israeli leader next
week.
Although he did not indi-
cate what transpired in his
talks with Sadat, Carter
said, "We have had, per-
haps, the most far-reaching
discussions these last two
days in my _experience as
President concerning the
many issues that affect our
two nations." He said the
meetings were "a good
exploratory opportunity for
us" to "detect differences be-
tween us (the U.S.) and the
people of Egypt." He did not
elaborate.
Neither Carter nor
Sadat referred, in their
public statements, to
substantive issues dis-
cussed or likely to come
up in the autonomy
negotiations, such as the
status of Jerusalem, Is-
rael's security needs or a
Palestinian state, the lat-
ter officially opposed by
the U.S. as well as by Is-
rael.

er

the resolution of the prob-
lem of the Palestinian refu-
gees."
In his response, Sadat
said, "If a comprehensive
settlement was a necessity
at the time we began our
endegror, it is an absolute
must today." He declared,
"We must spare no effort in
our concerted drive to effect
a genuine change in the
West Bank and Gaza. A real
transfer of authority must
take place and a new era of
reconciliation should begin.
This would be in the inter-
ests of all nations, not the
Palestinian people alone."
The Egyptian leader
added, "No one benefits
from the continuation of
occupation and the per-
petuation of conflict. No
one profits from the esca-
lation of tension and the
deepening of suspicion
and distrust among those
who live in the same
region."

Addressing reporters in
the White House Rose Gar-
den on Wednesday, Carter
spoke of elements "spelled
out so plainly and specifi-
cally in the Camp David ac-
cords" including "realiza-
tion" of security for Egypt,
"recognition of sovereign
rights," Israel's "security
within recognized borders,
recognition of Palestinian
rights" and "recognition
that the Palestinians must
have a voice in the determi-
nation of their own future."
Sadat, in his parting
comments, said, "At this
moment there are lots of
difficulties and new de-
velopments in the area
where we live — namely
Afghanistan, Iran, the
threat to the Persian Gulf—
all this, in my view, should
enhance the efforts for find-
ing an agreement of full au-
tonomy for the Palesti-
nians" as set forth in the
Camp David agreements.
Sadat emphasized that
the "Palestinian question is
the core and crux of the
whole problem in the Mid-
dle East and the Arab-
Israeli conflict." He credited
President Carter's "decision
In his toast at the White to act as a full partner" in
House dinner Tuesday the discussions as "a turn-
night, Carter spoke of the ing point in the history of
"organization of .a self- the conflict and behind . all
governing authority" on the the achievements in the last
West Bank and Gaza Strip. two years."
Sadat concluded, "As I
He said, "The people of
those two territories are promised before, I shall
granted autonomy and, as never let you down."
Meanwhile, the head of
Prime Minister Begin said
many times, in the presence the Israeli team to the au-
of President Sadat and me, tonomy negotiations, Dr.
-iot just autonomy, full au- Yosef Burg, said Wed-
Illronomy — full autonomy, he nesday he did not believe
said many, many times. It is the autonomy plan
important for us to know should be implemented
that (the Camp David) in the Gaza Strip before it
agreement calls for a strong took effect in Judea and
local police force and for Saniaria.
He told Jewish settlers
that local police force to be
interrelated with law from the Gaza Strip that he
enforcement officials in would oppose the estab-
Jordan and in Egypt and in lishment of an Egyptian
otb'r surrounding coun- liaison office in Gaza, as this
would give the Egyptians a
tries."
Carter hinted that the foothold near the Israeli
U.S. may help in the reset- border, and restore them to
, tlement of Palestinian refu- the influential position they
gees when he said that "the enjoyed before the Six-Day
nations involved, that is War. Burg stressed, though,
Egypt, Israel, we and that this was his personal
others, should provide for opinion, and that the

Cabinet would discuss the
question in the near future.
The settlers demanded
that Burg's National Reli-
gious Party leave the gov-
ernment if the proposal for a
"Gaza first" autonomy were
adopted. But Burg rejected
their demand.
Earlier he predicted a
breakthrough will be
achieved by the target date
of May 26, at least on some
of the substantive issues
that have been unresolved
until now.
Burg said that the
momentum of the au-
tonomy talks will pick up
after Passover when four
separate working groups
apply themselves to the
task of finding a common
ground.
According to Burg, an
achievement of significant
importance could be
reached by May 26 on elec-
tion procedures and the
structure of the self-
governing administrative
council for the West Bank
and Gaza Strip.
He conceded, however,
that he saw no possibility of
progress on the major is-
sues: the scope of the ad-
ministrative council's
authority, security and the
question of East Jerusalem.
But he Said he opposed a
freeze on settlements for the
duration of the autonomy
talks which has been pro-
posed by the U.S.
Meanwhile, Israeli offi-
cials made it clear today
that Begin has no intention
of changing Israel's basic
position on autonomy when
he meets with President
Carter:
The officials were ap-
parently reacting to the
statement by U.S. special
Ambassador Sol
Linowitz that unless Is-
rael is more malleable
and there is substantial
progress by May 26, the
U.S. would not be able to
prevent its European
Economic Community
(EEC) -allies from going
ahead with their initia-
tive to alter UN Security
Council Resolution 242. "
The EEC countries are

,

New Investment
Bank for Israel

TEL AVIV — Bank
Leumi, along with country's
largest financial group,,
Danot Investment Co. Ltd.,
provide private capital and
other assistance to business
and industry here with the
establishment of "Leumi
and Associates Investment
Bank."
This new bank will offer
various financial consulta-
tion services including
management counseling,
underwriting, mergers,
purchase of companies, spe-
cial aid to firms in difficulty,
the management of invest-
ment portfolios, and supply
of non-routine financing for
factors in private and public
sectors of the Israeli
economy. It will also be able
to invest out of its own
means in the shared capital
of client companies.

expected to press for an
amendment that would
change the status of the
Palestinians from refugees
to that of a political entity.

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