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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, June 10, 1980-Page 5
Egypt accepts
U.S. proposal
on negotiations

From AP and UPI
Egypt yesterday accepted an
American proposal that the chief Egyp-
tian and Israeli negotiators meet in
Washington to discuss means of "over-
coming obstacles" blocking the
suspended talks on Palestinian
autonomy.
U.S. Secretary of -State Edmund
Muskie mentioned the stalled talks in a
speech in Washington, saying, "having
come so far, let us not turn aside from
what we have begun." He also called on
Israelis and Palestinians to put an end
to acts of violence and "harvest the
promise of peace together."
PRESIDENT ANWAR Sadat, who
announced the Egyptian decision, said
his country was consulting Washington
on a date. Senior foreign ministry sour-
ces said Egypt is proposing the first
week of July. Sadat said Egypt would
make known its position "in a few days"
on new American proposals to break
the month-old deadlock.
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem
"Begin said Interior Minister Yosef
Burg, who has led the Israeli delegation
at the autonomy talks; may go to
Washington this week to discuss a date
for resuming the negotiations. He
declined to say whether President Car-
ter had invited Burg..
In talking to reporters accompanying
him on a tour of development projects
in Suez, Sadat indicated the Washington

meeting would be preparatory to
possible full-scale talks. He suspended
the talks in early May because of what
he called a "dismal political at-
mosphere" created by Israel in its
refusal to discuss the status of Arab
East Jerusalem.
IN WASHINGTON, the Carter ad-
ministration, in what was described as
a humanitarian gesture, has offered
American medical treatment to two
Palestinian mayors who were maimed
last week in bombings on the West
Bank.
The offer includes hospitalization in
the United States if the mayorschoose,
U.S. officials said yesterday.
"We are conveying to them and their
doctors and their families our
willingness to supply whatever exper-
tise and help we can," a U.S. official
told the Associated Press, confirming a
report of the offer from other sources.
AN ADMINISTRATIVE spokesman
said Israel was notified but had no im-
mediate reaction to the offer made to
Bassam al-Shaka of Nablus and Karim
Khalef of Ramallah.
In Jerusalem, a militant group of
Jewish settlers in the occupied West
Bank yesterday scoffed at Prime
Minister Menachem Begin's statement
that Israel plans to build only 10 more
outposts in the disputed region.

SECRETARY OF STATE Edmund Muskie fields a question while speaking
to the Washington Press Club yesterday. In his talk, Muskie assailed recent
Israeli settlements on the West Bank, saying they decreased the possibility
for an agreement on the future of the disputed territory.
Muskie calls Israeli

settlements
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of
State Edmund Muskie denounced new
Israeli settlements yesterday as
disrupting chances for an agreement on
the future of the West Bank of the Jor-
dan River.
- "If negotiations are to succeed, no
party should take steps on its own that
prejudge the outcome," Muskie said in
his first speech on the Middle East sin-
ce taking over at the State Department
last month. '
"FOR ISRAEL unilaterally to place
settlements on the West Bank and Gaza
while negotiations are in progress runs
counter to the very purpose of the
negotiations - to achieve an
agreement all parties can support," he
said.
Muskie's speech, delivered to the
Washington Press Club, was made
against a backdrop of apparently suc-
cessful U.S. efforts to bring Egypt and
Israel back to the negotiating table to
discuss giving Palestinian Arabs some
form of self-rule.
U.S. officials said the Carter ad-
ministration had circulated various
proposals to the two sides and that the
talks probably will be resumed shortly.
EGYPT BROKE off the negotiations
over a move within the Israeli Knesset
designed to block future Arab control
over any part of Jerusalem.
The U.S. officials declined to disclose
details of the American proposals or
where and exactly when they expected
talks to resume.
"There is no agreed scenario at this

disruptive
point," said one official, who refusedto.
be identified.
IN HIS SPEECH, Muskie reiterated
President Carter's view that Jerusalem
should remain undivided. He said the
administration supports future talks on
the city's "final status."
Israel has vowed to retain all of
Jerusalem as its capital. The older part
of the city had been under Jordanian
control from 1948 to 1967 until it was
captured by Israel in the Six-Day War.
Muskie did not say in his brief
reference what the administration
would like to see negotiated. It and
previous administrations have not
recognized Jerusalem as Israel's
capital.
MUSKIE CALLED on Israelis and
Palestinians to put an end to acts of
violence and "harvest the promise of
peace together." He said "now is the
time for Israelis and Palestinians alike
to choose which future they prefer" -
peaceful coexistence or "a whirlwind of
destruction."
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