Following talks with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat in Cairo this week, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr.
Following talks with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat in Cairo this week, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Kirt Waldheim, told a news conference on Saturday (26 July) that the situation in the Middle East could become critical if there was no break-through in the current negotiations on a further Israeli pull-back in the Sinai. He said that the next three months would be decisive.
Egypt agreed earlier in the week to a three-month extension of the mandate for the UN Emergency Force remaining the Sinai until 24 October. President Sadat is reported to have told Dr. Waldheim that Egypt would not agree to a further extension unless there was progress towards peace.
Dr. Waldheim was speaking to reporters at Ceiro Airport before leaving for Wartoum. ??? of an early agreement for an Israeli pull-back in Sinai seemed to be dashed on Friday night when Israel's Prime Minister, Vitzhak Rabin said that Egypt't terms were substantially unacceptable.
Dr. Waldheim said that he found in Egypt a genuine and sincere interest in a negotiated settlement. His talks with President Sadat and Egypt's foreign Minister, Dr. Ismail Fahmi, had been very useful and constructive. He said he hoped very much that Mr. Rabin's remarks were not final and that the negotiation process would continue.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, had talks with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, this week on the current state of negotiations on the Middle East situation. He had gone to Egypt at the invitation of the Egyptian Government. Also taking part in the talks between the two leaders was Egypt's Foreign Minister, Dr. Ismail Fahmi. Dr. Waldheim said afterwards that they had been very useful and constructive.
On Friday night hopes of an early agreement for an Israeli pull-back in Sinai -- one of the major issues in the current negotiations -- seemed to be dashed when Israel's Prime Minister Mr. Yitzhak Rabin, said that Egypt's terms were substantially unacceptable. Before he left Cairo Airport for Khartoum, Dr. Waldheim spoke of how critical the situation could become.
At the centre of the negotiations is the UN's Emergency Force under the command of major General. Ensio Siilasvuo, which is patrolling the neutral zone between the two sides in the Sinai. Egypt has only agreed to extend the Force's mandate until October the twenty-fourth, unless there is progress peace.