Ceasefire signing - 1973

Ceasefire signing - A first, no matter how tenuous.

Ceasefire Of Sorts – A Middle-East Agreement – The Real Energy Crunch – November 10, 1973

Ceasefire signing - 1973
Ceasefire signing – A first, no matter how tenuous.

November 10, 1973 – CBS Radio News – The World This Week – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

November 10, 1973 – A ceasefire in the Middle-East. After some four wars spread out over a quarter century, a tenuous agreement was reached between Egypt and Israel that put an end to military conflict, at least for the time being.

In an open tent on a dusty desert plain, at a marker showing that Cairo was 101 kilometers, or about 63 miles, distant, Maj. Gen. Aharon Yariv and Lieut. Gen. Mohammed Abdel Ghany el‐Gamasy signed the cease‐fire agreement, while the commander of the United Nations Emergency Force, Maj. Gen. Ensio Siilasvuo, presided at the head of the table.

A United Nations spokesman from Cairo, Rudolf Stadjuhar, described the atmosphere at the signing, which lasted an hour and five minutes, as “fair” and “correct.” The officers did not shake hands, he added.

In other news for this week, which ended on November 10th, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was busy in the Middle-East, re-establishing ties between the U.S. and Egypt which had been severed since the Six Day war of 1967. Kissinger was in Cairo setting up the Diplomatic mission which included installing a new Ambassador before leaving for Beijing for talks with the Chinese.

Meanwhile, back home – the Energy Crunch was becoming a real issue to the average American consumer. President Nixon attempted assurances by saying the current crisis didn’t mean Americans would be running out of gasoline or air travel would stop or heating oil would be gone during the upcoming winter months. He went on to add the Energy Crunch did not mean suffering for any American, but was going to require “some sacrifice” by all Americans. President Nixon went on to outline his plan which included using less heat, less gasoline, cutting down on highway speeds as well as cutting down on lighting at home and at work. Most felt it all seemed rather painless, but that it was almost most likely it was going to get worse before it got better.

And along with the continuing story of the Middle-East ceasefire, that was only a small sample of what went on this week, ending on November 10th 1973 as reported by The World This Week from CBS Radio.

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