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    United Nations Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim visited Jerusalem on Tuesday (18 April) to try and?

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    MV EXT Helicopter lands and Dr. Kurt Waldheim steps down and is greeted by General Emmanuel Erskine in Lebanon (2 shots)
    GV Dr. Waldheim accompanied by U.N. officials walks to car (2 shots)
    GV Dr. Kurt Waldheim with U.N. officers is greeted outside Israeli Foreign Ministry by Moshe Dayan
    MV INTERIORS Moshe Dayan and Kurt Waldheim seated at conference table (2 shots)
    GV EXT Dr. Waldheim arrives at Knesset in Jerusalem
    GVs INT Dr. Waldheim seated across conference table from Prime Minister Menachem Begin (2 shots)
    MVs EXT Dr. Kurt Waldheim leaves Knesset and talks to newsmen (8 shots)

    WALDHEIM: "The Prime Minister expressed the wish that the United Nations forces are avoiding to create any vacuum after the Israeli withdrawal. As you know, a beginning was made recently, but there is concern in the United Nations about the delay in the full implementation of the resolution which says the forces should be withdrawn forthwith. Now, we discussed this and the Prime Minister told me that it is the from the occupied territories, but a vacuum has to be avoided, as he put it to me. And therefore the role of the United Nations is really important in this regard."

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    Background: United Nations Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim visited Jerusalem on Tuesday (18 April) to try and get an Israeli assurance that they would hasten their withdrawal process from occupied southern Lebanon. Speaking to newsmen after conferring with Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan and Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Dr. Waldheim said the United Nations were still concerned at Israel's slow response to Security Council resolution 425, and had urged for complete withdrawal as soon as possible. Later Dr. Waldheim visited U.N. peace-keeping troops in south Lebanon.
    After his meeting in Jerusalem Dr. Waldheim and his official party flew to Naqoura in south Lebanon, four miles (6.5 kms) north of the Israeli border. There he was greeted by General Emmanuel Erskine, commander of United Nations troops in the south, and other U.N. officials Dr. Waldheim said the purpose of his visit was to see first hand how the United Nations Interim Force for Lebanon (UNIFIL) was coping with its peace-keeping role. He also wanted to brief U.N. military leaders on the result of his discussions with Israeli officials about the withdrawal.
    Dr. Waldheim's meeting with Moshe Dayan had taken place at the Israeli Foreign Ministry earlier in the day. The meeting had been arranged following reports that Dr. Waldheim was discouraged with Israel's slow response to the Security Council resolution on withdrawing troops from the areas invaded last month.
    Later Dr. Waldheim went to the Knesset building in Jerusalem to discuss the south Lebanon situation with the Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. It was understood that he wanted to reassure the Israeli leader that the United Nations peace-keeping force would be strengthened to its planned complement of 4,000 troops, within the next weeks. And that this might be increased later to maintain full security in the region.
    Afterwards he told newsmen how the talks on withdrawal plans had progressed.

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