U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance has strongly reaffirmed American determination to press for Middle?
U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance has strongly reaffirmed American determination to press for Middle East peace talks. He said the United States would continue to work to build up the necessary consensus which would enable it to go to Geneva to negotiate a settlement.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Vance made the statement after receiving Syria's rejection of his new proposal for a "working group" of foreign ministers to meet next month. On Thursday (4 August) he met Syria's President Hafez al Assad in the Syrian capital of Damascus to outline his proposal. Rejecting the idea, the President said it would be better to move directly to a Geneva peace conference where Palestinian rights should be reaffirmed. He said it would be better to go to Geneva after good preparation. Mr Vance had suggested that ministerial talks should be held in New York, or Washington, in mid-September. His visit to Syria was seen as a most critical stop of his six-nation Middle East tour.
Mr Vance started the fourth leg of his mission when he arrived in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Friday (5 August) morning. He met King Hussein to present proposals on overcoming the obstacles to a Geneva conference. Central to Mr Vance's talks in Jordan will be the Palestinian issue, on which the King has strong views.