U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim arrived Waldheim arrived in Vienna on Monday (14 February) to discuss?
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Dr. Kreisky received the PLO document in his capacity as chairman of the Socialist International's fact-finding mission to the Middle East. A spokesman for Dr. Kreisky said the Chancellor would probably discuss the PLO paper with Israeli leaders when he flies to Tel Aviv on February 22 for a one-day visit to address the israeli Labour Party.
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Background: U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim arrived Waldheim arrived in Vienna on Monday (14 February) to discuss fresh peace initiatives in the Middle East and Cyprus with the Australian Chancellor Bruno kreisky. The meeting follows Dr. Waldheim's tour of the Middle East and Cyprus.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Waldheim, who is on a five-day official visit, received a warm welcome on his arrival. Officials said the U.N. Secretary-General wanted to sound out Dr. Kreisky on a document he received from the Palestine Liberation Organisation, which according to the Austrian Chancellor contained "a total change of policy". Austria's ruling Socialist Party newspaper reported the document as saying the PLO would accept a limited Palestinian state, made up of the West Bank of the River Jordan and the Gaza Strip.
A similar proposal was put to Dr. Waldheim by the PLO leader, Yasser Arafat when they met in Damascus on February 5. Dr. Waldheim wanted to know how closely the document followed the draft of his conversations with Mr. Arafat. The U.N. envoy is also expected to brief Dr. Kreisky on the resumption of talks in Vienne next month between Greek Cypriot and Turkish community leaders.
At a news conference following his arrival Dr. Waldheim summed up his Middle East tour by saying there was "a new political climate in the area". He also said Arab states and Israel ha shown a serious will to resume negotiations.