Soviet charges that the United States has abandoned the Geneva framework for Middle East peace talks have been firmly denied by U.
Soviet charges that the United States has abandoned the Geneva framework for Middle East peace talks have been firmly denied by U.S. Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance. After meeting President Anwar Sadat in Egypt on Saturday (10 December) Mr. Vance stressed that a Geneva Conference remained the ultimate goal for a comprehensive Middle East peace settlement.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat and Mr, Vance held a press conference after meeting at the Egyptian leader's Nile barrage rest house north of Cairo. The U.S. Secretary of State said the Soviet Union had indicated it would remain co-chairman with the United States of the Geneva conference, which was adjourned four years ago. But he said Moscow had decided not to take part in next week's Cairo Conference. Only Israel, the United States and the United Nations had agreed to attend. Mr. Vance told reporters he had passed to Mr. Sadat the admiration and respect widely felt for the historic events set in motion by the Egyptian leader's courageous trip to Jerusalem.