Dr. Henry Kissinger the Untied States Secretary of State, left Israel on Monday (17 December),?
Dr. Henry Kissinger the Untied States Secretary of State, left Israel on Monday (17 December), having won an Israeli commitment to attend the Geneva Peace Conference on Friday. He told a news conference at Lod Airport that Israel had agreed procedure and terms of reference, and would be represented in Geneva on Friday -- the first day -- if the other parties were there.
He said that the first session would consider the problem of the separation of forces along the front lines. Dr. Kissinger made no reference to Israeli worries that the Conference would be under the auspices of the Untied Nations, rather than the United States and the Soviet Union.
But Israel's Foreign Minister, Mr. Abba Eban, who was present at the news conference, referred to Dr. Kissinger having reached "the dizzy eminence" of co-chairman.
The ???S Secretary of State also made no mention of Israel's refusal to sit with Syria until Damascus produced lists of its Israeli war prisoners. Mr. Eban said Israel had not changed its position on the prisoners, but added that the human problems made him reticent about saying anything more.
Dr. Kissinger's 22 hours in Israel ended his five day tour of Middle East countries. He had spent ten hours in intensive discussions with Israeli ministers and when he was leaving Prime Minister Golda Meir's office in Jerusalem for Lod Airport, a group of people were demonstrating outside the building. They were parents whose sons were prisoners following the Yom Kippur war.
Dr. Kissinger flow from Lod Airport to Lisbon in Portugal for talks with the Portuguese leaders who want more United States support in their military and political struggles in Portugal's African colonies.