The visit by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem may have set the scene for an early resumption of the Geneva Middle East peace talks.
The visit by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem may have set the scene for an early resumption of the Geneva Middle East peace talks. The Middle East News Agency has reported that Israel was expected to announces its agreement to the presence of Palestinian Liberation Organisation supporters in a unified Arab delegation at Geneva. in a report on Thursday (24 November) the agency also said the conference would be reconvened next month. however, on the previous day, Egypt's acting Foreign Minister denied that a date for the conference had been finalised. Dr. Butros Ghali was speaking after a meeting in Cairo with Arab and African Ambassadors.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Ghali, seen arriving at Egypt's Foreign Ministry offices, had called Wednesday's meeting to brief the ambassadors on last weekend's summit talks in Jerusalem. Arab and Palestinian opposition to President Sadat has been mounting, and Reuters News Agency reported that Cairo was pursuing its diplomatic offensive to canvas support for the President's peace mission. The next day Dr. Ghali was to confer on the same topic with West European and Asian ambassadors.
But the Syrian, Libyan and PLO representatives had boycotted this meeting, and didn't attend. The Yugoslav newspaper "Borba", quoting a so-called "high Egyptian source", has said the Geneva talks would be held on December 21. Dr. Ghali denied that any date had been confirmed at the meeting, but told reporters he had reiterated Egypt's stand on the Palestinian issue.