United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger flew from Jerusalem to Nicosia in Cyprus?
United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger flew from Jerusalem to Nicosia in Cyprus on Tuesday (7 May) for vital talks with the Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko about the possibility of a Syrian-Israeli disengagement of forces.
The two men spent three hours together in discussions at the residence of the Cypriot leader Archbishop Makarios. Nicosia was a compromise venue for the talks, agreed upon at the last minute following an invitation from the Archbishop. The Soviet Foreign Minister was the first to arrive at the Archbishop's Palace. Both Mr. Gromyko and Dr. Kissinger were accompanied by a group of aides. In cautious statements issued later, they both described the talks as "useful".
While Dr. Kissinger has sid that a "Big Power" solution cannot be effective in the Middle East, it is expected that both men will try to exert influence on Syria and Israel to try and bring about an end to the fighting still raging in disputed territory between the two countries.
Following the talks, Mr. Gromyko flew to Moscow, while Dr. Kissinger flew back to Israel where he was later to confer with officials in Jerusalem.