The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, said in London on Wednesday (26?
The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, said in London on Wednesday (26 May) that the present Lebanese troubles should not detract from the "significant results" that have been achieved in the Middle East. He was speaking at the opening session of the Central Treaty Organisation (CENTO).
Dr. Kissinger told ministers from the four CENTO nations - Britain, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey - that the Middle East is an area of special concern. He said that the civil war in Lebanon should be seen in the light of the advances towards stability in the region.
He hoped that the election of a new Lebanese President would help to bring about a settlement in the country and the return of peace in the area.
The meeting was opened by CENTO's Turkish Secretary-General, Umit Haluk Bayulken. The delegations are led by Anthony Crosland, the British Foreign Secretary; Abbas-Ali Khalatbary, the Iranian Foreign Minister; Rafi Raza, Pakistan's Minister of Production; and the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil.
CENTO was founded 21 years ago as the 'Baghdad Pact' but changed its name when Iraq withdrew in 1959. The United States is an associate member. The pact aims to provide a deterrent to Soviet expansion on its southern borders.
This film is serviced with part of Dr. Kissinger's speech. A full transcript appears below.