Israel's interim representatives to the Middle East peace talks, Mr. Yosef Tekoah, arrived back in?
Israel's interim representatives to the Middle East peace talks, Mr. Yosef Tekoah, arrived back in New York on Monday (September 7) after twelve days of extensive consultations in Jerusalem. Mr. Tekoah, Israel's permanent Ambassador to the United Nations, will today (Tuesday September 8) officially inform U.N. peace mediator Dr. Gunner Jarring of his country's decision to suspend participation in the talks.
Mr. Tekoah is expected to tell Dr. Jarring that Israel would again be represented at the talks as soon s the UAR withdraws missiles which - Israel alleges - were moved closer to the Suez canal after the ceasefire began, one month ago.
While the Israelis have insisted on the rectification of the military situation before resuming the talks, they have emphasised that they have not revoked the cease-fire initiative nor the principle of peace negotiations.
The indirect talks between Israel, the UAR and Jordan under the auspices of U.N. special envoy Gunnar Jarring had hardly started last month when Israel recalled its representative alleging cease-fire violation by the UAR. Observers at the UN feel there is little that Dr. Jarring or UN Secretary - General U Thant can do now to break the talks deadlock. The Egyptian Ambassador Mohamed H. El-Zayyat, who conferred regularly with Dr. Jarring last week, has reiterated that he is available "24 hours a day, seven days a week" but his daily sessions, aimed at keeping the talks alive in Mr. Tekoah's absence, are not now expected to continue.
The possibility that the Foreign Ministers of the UAR, Jordan and Israel will meet Dr. Jarring later this month offers one of the few remaining hopes of salvaging the talks. The three ministers will be at UN Headquarters to attend the opening of the 25th session of the General Assembly.