The Israeli Prime Minister has officially announced that he will be sending delegates to the planned Cairo 'mini-Geneva' conference.
The Israeli Prime Minister has officially announced that he will be sending delegates to the planned Cairo 'mini-Geneva' conference. But the PLO has publicly condemned the idea-the Soviet Union has indirectly condemned it, and Syria, who has said she will not be going, has received invitations to two rival meetings.
SYNOPSIS: American's invitation to the meeting was received by United States Ambassador Hermann Eilts, and, according to Administration officials in Washington, the invitation will probably be accepted. Soviet Ambassador Vladimir Poliakov also went to the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to pick up Moscow's invitation.
...And the Syrian Ambassador Ahmed Hassen al-Assad whose country has turned down the invitation, was also at the Foreign Ministry with the other diplomats on Sunday. Syria has already been invited to attend rival summits in Tripoli and in Baghdad. The PLO, too, has turned down the Cairo invitation-although it has been suggested that their doing so could have cleared the way for other Palestinians to attend. In Beirut, spokesman Mahmoud Labadi put the PLO's viewpoint.
In Jerusalem on Monday, the Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Begin made a major policy speech in the Knesset in which he said Israel's invitation had been handed over at the United Nations. ...And, he said, Israel will be represented by the Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office, and by the legal advisor to the Foreign Ministry...to of Mr. Begin's top aides.
He said the delegation could be expanded later if need be. Mr. Begin has already said that Israel will be represented at the talks even if no other country but Egypt turns up.