United Nations' Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim arrived in Egypt's capital, Cairo, on Wednesday (27 November)?
United Nations' Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim arrived in Egypt's capital, Cairo, on Wednesday (27 November) on the third leg of his tour of Middle East capitals.
He had previously visited Syria and Israel and was due to return to New York on Friday (29 November) in time for Friday's Security Council meeting, which is to vote on the renewal of the mandate of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights.
In fact, his trip was primarily concerned with the mandate's renewal -- which expires on Saturday (30 November) -- and he received agreement on this in Damascus. Syrian leaders had told him they would extend the mandate until June.
Similar agreement had also been given by Israeli leaders, who he met during a 20-hour visit to Israel and Jerusalem. Btu on leaving for Cairo Dr. Waldheim warned newsmen that the situation on the Golan Heights "is still very serious and further efforts must be made during the next six months to find a proper political solution".
In Cairo Dr. Waldheim had discussions with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi on prospects for re-convening the Middle East peace conference. He told the Egyptians that both Syria and Israel were interested in renewing the Geneva conference. But he indicated that Israel was still opposed to the palestine Liberation Organisation attending the Geneva gathering as an independent body.