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    Israeli Foreign Minister Mr. Abba Eban, is in Washington to confer with U.S. Secretary of?

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    CU Sign 'International arrivals'

    SCU ZOOM INTO CU.. Eban answering question

    SOUND STARTS: "What is the purpose of your visit?"

    SOUND ENDS: "..... past few months".

    REPORTER: "What is the purpose of the visit to the United States?"

    EBAN: "Well, i'm attending the closing session of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee tonight. I understand I'm speaking with some members of the Congress and others who have sustained our friendly relations with all sections of American opinion for many years."

    REPORTER: "Do you have any plans to meet with the President or Secretary of State?"

    EBAN: "The Secretary of State will see me tomorrow, and he suggested we use the occasion to have a review of the situation as it's developed since I last saw him six months ago."

    REPORTER: "And how would you assess the Mideast situation as it now stand?"

    EBAN: "That's a very big question. We've just finished our independence celebrations. And interviewing the year yesterday, I said that our highest hopes had not been fulfilled, but nor have our worst fears come to pass. Our highest hope was of a serious, substantive negotiation - our worst fear was for a renewal of conflict, or the breakdown of the ceasefire, or an intensification of radicalism and extremism. For somewhere between the two in the last year... there were elements of stability. There is the ceasefire getting on to its second year. There is, I think, a general understanding that nothing will be achieved by war. And there's been a decline in the influence and the opinion of the extremist terrorist organisations.

    There's been an increase in the peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs across the open brides, the open frontiers. And there's been a year of a swift development in Israeli's economy and society.

    So, I would say that there are relative elements of stability, and there are other areas of the world - I can think of at least three - in which there's been much more violence and armed conflict within the past few months."

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    Background: Israeli Foreign Minister Mr. Abba Eban, is in Washington to confer with U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers about the Middle East situation.

    Arriving at Dulles International Airport on Thursday (April 20), Mr. Eban told newsmen that his highest hopes were a coming of peace to the area and his worst fears were a breakdown of the ceasefire.

    Later at an Israeli fund???raising dinner, Mr. Eban said his government's insistence on new and more secure borders in any peace settlement with the Arabs did not represent a "territorial appetite." Instead, he said, it was the "appetite for peace" which compels Israel to insist on a new territorial structure.

    Mr. Eban was scheduled to begin talks with Secretary Rogers on Friday (April 21). It would be their first meeting in six months.

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