US President Jimmy Carter says the Middle East is teetering on the brink of major violence because of the latest clashes along the border between Israel and Lebanon.
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CARTER: "The Loss of life is deplorable but the situation is never going to be improved in my opinion, until those nations there are willing to step beyond the procedural debates and squabbles about exactly how they go and exactly what representation there'll be and start dealing with the real issues. I've been pleased that the Israeli Government has adopted the procedures for the Geneva conference that we proposed. I was pleased by the statement yesterday by President Sadat that he was willing to go to Geneva or anywhere else and willing to consult directly with Israel and with other Arab nations without quibbling any more about the detailed wording of the procedures. That's our position. I hope that Jordan, and Syria and Lebanon will very quickly make a similar response to us and that we can then convene the Geneva conference. But the major all-encompassing question in the Middle East is that the bloodshed in my opinion will not be stopped until the nations are willing to negotiate on the basic divisions that have separated them for so long."
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Background: US President Jimmy Carter says the Middle East is teetering on the brink of major violence because of the latest clashes along the border between Israel and Lebanon. Commenting on the attacks by both sides on each others territory, he said the outbreak pointed up the need for the Geneva peace conference to be reconvened. Speaking in Washington on Thursday (10 November) Mr Carter deplored the loss of lives on the Israeli-Lebanese border, where at least a hundred people are reported to have died.
SYNOPSIS: He told a press conference that the latest clashes were a cause for great concern.