The Australian Opposition leader, Mr. Gough Whitlam, on a tour of the Middle East, arrived?
SV Mrs. Whitlam and Australian Opposition leader Mr. Gough Whitlam out of car at Beirut Airport after arrival PAN TO Australian Embassy and Lebanese Foreign Ministry officials waiting to greet them.
CU Whitlam walking into hotel in Beirut.
SV EXT Hotel
SV INT. Whitlam, seated in hotel, making statement.
WHITLAM: "Well the over-whelming impression I have is that all the nations is the world must realise how urgent it is to discuss the two paramount issues, the occupied territories and the homeless Palestinians. This morning I was received by the President of Lebanon and during the last week by the President of Syria and the King of Jordan and by several of their ministers, and the message is the same in every case....the problems of the Middle East, the menace for peace, represented by these problems, will not diminish by being deferred. After the war in June, 1967, too many people thought that the issues had been settled for the time being, and in fact they would diminish as the years passed. The war in October 1973 showed how wrong the world was. It's getting on for four years since that war and it's quite urgent, until the Palestinians have a homeland of their own, there can be no peace between the countries of the Middle East, and there is quite likely to be no peace within many of those countries.
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Background: The Australian Opposition leader, Mr. Gough Whitlam, on a tour of the Middle East, arrived in Lebanon on Saturday (25 June).
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Whitlam, accompanied by his wife, was met at Beirut Airport by Australian Embassy and Lebanese Foreign Ministry officials. He has already had talks with King Hussein of Jordan and President Hafez Al-Assad of Syria about prospects for a peaceful settlement to the Middle East crisis. After talks with President Elias Sarkis of Lebanon, Mr. Whitlam spoke to reporters at his Beirut hotel.