In Austria, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat met the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kurt Waldheim, for talks on a Middle East peace settlement, on Monday (10 July).
In Austria, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat met the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kurt Waldheim, for talks on a Middle East peace settlement, on Monday (10 July). The meeting took place after President Sadat had spent three days in the Austrian capital, Vienna. While there, the Egyptian President discussed the latest developments in the search for peace with Israel, with the Austrian Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, the former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and the leader of the Israeli opposition Labour Party, Shimon Peres.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat met Mr. Waldheim in the lakeside Fuschl Palace, near Salzburg. The Egyptian President brought with him a copy of his government's latest proposals for a peace settlement. In june, Israel rejected Egypt's last set of plans for the future of the occupied territories and effectively postponed any decision on withdrawal from the Gaza Strip; Golan Heights, and the West Bank for five years. President Sadat discussed the new proposals with Chancellor Kreisky, Herr Brandt and Mr. Peres while in Vienna.
After the meeting President Sadat, Mr. Waldheim said Egypt was ready to re-open the Geneva Conference on the Middle East if peace negotiations with Israel failed. The last conference, sponsored by the United States and the Soviet Union was convened after the Arab-Israeli war of October 1973. Mr. Waldheim said President Sadat agreed that the United Nations should maintain a role in all future negotiations. The talks centred on the situation in the Middle East and the crisis in Lebanon as well as the Egyptian-Israeli peace initiative. While in Vienna, President Sadat and Mr. Peres reached tentative agreement on a Middle East policy statement drafted by Chancellor Kreisky and Herr Brandt.
This called on Israel to withdraw to secure borders and said Palestinians should have the right to take part in negotiations about their future.