United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim has warned off a dramatic deterioration in the Middle East situation unless there is a breakthrough in proposed peace talks this year.
SV EXT: Cario airport building.
SV PAN FROM: Reporters to Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy.
CU: Fahmy replies (in English).
GV: Plane on tarmac
SV: Fahmy shakes hands and mounts aircraft steps.
FAHMY: "I'll just mention very briefly what I intend to do in Washington. I don't have a detailed, comprehensive plan. I just have a message, a written message, to President Carter from President Sadat, which concentrates mainly on the Palestinian problems as the core of the permanent and just peace in the area, and that the PLO must be invited on equal footing with other parties to the dispute to Geneva. Otherwise, there will be no Geneva at all.
Mr. Fahmy also denied at Cairo airport that he'd seen Israel's Foreign Minister Moshe Dyan in Paris on Friday (16 September). Egypt's basic position on the middle East rests on two main principles: complete withdrawal of Israeli troops to the pre-1967 war borders as a basis for any peace negotiations; and unconditional participation by the PLO in such negotiations. Mr. Fahmy also told reporters at his news conference at Cairo airport that there could be no Middle East peace without the establishment of a Palestinian state on the West Bank of the River
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Background: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim has warned off a dramatic deterioration in the Middle East situation unless there is a breakthrough in proposed peace talks this year. Mr. Waldheim's warning came on Sunday (18th September) as Arab and Israeli negotiators left their countries for talks in Washington over the next two weeks with United States President Jimmy Carter and Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance. At Cairo airport Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmy, made it clear just what his country's stance in Washington would be.
SYNOPSIS: Before he flew out from Cairo airport, Mr. Fahmy was briefed by President Sadat, who, he told reporters, had a clear message for President Carter.
The United States had been increasing pressure on Israel to admit the PLO to the Geneva talks. With Egypt's strong support for a PLO presence now publicly seated, Mr. Fahmy left Cairo with the reminder that Egypt was still keeping war as its final option.