The Israeli Cabinet met for nearly five hours on Friday (14 December) to discuss next week's Middle East Peace Conference which opens in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday.
The Israeli Cabinet met for nearly five hours on Friday (14 December) to discuss next week's Middle East Peace Conference which opens in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday. It adjourned apparently without reaching any firm conclusions.
The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, is due to arrive in Israel on Sunday (16 December) for talks with Israel's Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir. The Cabinet is expected to meet again early on Sunday before Dr. Kissinger arrives. By then the Ministers hope to have same clarification of the "problems" thrown up by Dr. Kissinger's talks in Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Jordan.
Israel has said that its representatives will not site down at the conference with Syria, unless Damascus releases lists of Israeli prisoners held in Syria. Government officials hope that Dr. Kissinger will bring these lists with him from Damascus, or at least that he has persuaded the Syrians to release them through the International Red Cross before the Peace Conference opens.
Friday's Cabinet meeting was also attended by Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Simcha Dinitz, who had returned to Israel the previous day, Before the meeting, Mrs. Meir conferred with Mr. Kenneth Keating, the Untied States Ambassador to Israel, for an hour and a half.
SYNOPSIS: At the Israeli Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, the Israeli Cabinet met on Friday to discuss next week's Geneva Peace Conference. The American Ambassador arrived before the meeting for talks with Mrs. Golda Meir. The Ministers were expected to discuss the position they should adopt if Syria has still not released lists of Israeli prisoners by the time the Conference begins on Tuesday. The meeting lasted nearly five hours before being adjourned. It was expected to be resumed early on Sunday, when Dr. Henry Kissinger arrives for talks.
By then the Government hopes to have some clarification of the problems thrown up following the American Secretary of States' discussions in algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Jordan. Israel has said its representatives will not sit down at the Conference if Syria has not released the lists. It is hoped Dr. Kissinger has persuaded the Syrians to produce them.