Preparations for the historic Middle East peace conference got under way in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday (13th December).
Preparations for the historic Middle East peace conference got under way in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday (13th December). Workmen began re-equipping a United Nations building for the scheduled opening of the conference on Tuesday (18th December).
Informed sources said the U.N. Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim, and the U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko were expected in Geneva on the weekend (15th and 16th December).
The United States Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger is expected to arrive on Monday (17th December) after his current Middle East tour - designed to pave the way for the meeting between the Arabs and the Israelis.
The arrangements dispelled uncertainty among both U.N. officials and hoteliers in the city. They described the conference as a "phantom" event because of the lack of advance information.
The talks are expected to be held in the Council Chamber of the Palais de Nations - the U.N's European headquarters, despite the fact that U.N. officials in Geneva have not formally been asked for the use of the building.
U.N. officials said they were making arrangements for between 1,000 and 1,500 journalists expected to cover the conference. But only about 90 pressmen will be able to squeeze into the gallery of the Chamber for any public sessions.
Preparations are under way in Geneva for the historic Middle East pace conference - due to start on Tuesday. U.N. officials supervising the arrangement have complained about a lack of advance information about the conference.
Informed sources said the U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim and the Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko were expected in Geneva on the weekend, followed shortly by the United States Secretary of State Dr. Kissinger.
The talks are expected to be held in the Council Chamber of the Palais de Nations the U.N. European headquarters on the outskirts of the city. Workmen are re-equipping the Chamber, although the U.N. has not formally been asked for the use of the building.
U.N. officials said they were making arrangements for more than a thousand journalists expected to flock to the city to cover the conference. But only about ninety pressmen will be able to squeeze into the gallery in the Council Chamber for the public sessions. The Chamber was the venue in 1954 for the Indo-China conference, and for the 1961 Laos conference.
Apart from the arrival of Mr. Gromyko, details of the Soviet delegation to the conference are not clear. The American delegation - which will be fifty strong has made more definite arrangements.
Syria will not send a delegation because it's Government has refused to participate in the conference. The Egyptian mission in Geneva said it did not anticipate receiving details of Egypt's role until after Dr. Kissinger's visit to Cairo. Their delegation will probably stay in the Intercontinental Hotel. The Israeli mission won't know full details until the eve of the conference.