At the United Nations on Tuesday (2 December), Egypt reiterated its call for the reconvening of the Geneva peace conference on the Middle East, with the participation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.
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Background: At the United Nations on Tuesday (2 December), Egypt reiterated its call for the reconvening of the Geneva peace conference on the Middle East, with the participation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O.).
Speaking on the second day of the Middle East debate, Egyptian ambassador Mr. Esmat Abdel Meguid reminded the General Assembly of the statement made at the United Nations last October by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat.
Mr. Sadat then asked for consultations between U.N. Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim and the United States and the Soviet Union -- co-chairman of the Geneva conference -- aimed at the resumption of talks as soon as possible.
Referring to Israel's decision not to take part in next January's full Security Council debate on the Middle East, Mr. Meguid accused the Israeli government of adopting an ostrich-like attitude. Israel announced on Monday (1 December) that it would attend the debate,, following a statement by Soviet Ambassador Jacob Malik that the majority of the Security Council expected the P.L.O. to be invited.
Israeli Ambassador Chaim Herzog on Sunday (30 November) referred to the Security Council vote on the forthcoming debate as a "surrender to Syrian blackmail and Soviet dictates". Addressing the General Assembly on Tuesday, he called on Arab nations to "liberate themselves from the chains of their slogans" to work with Israel for peace in the Middle East.