• Short Summary

    ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER GOLDA MEIR EMERGED SMILING FROM A THREE-HOUR WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT MEETING YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AND SAID SHE WAS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE TALKS.

  • Description

    1.
    SV PAN INT ROGERS AND MRS. MEIR SEATED
    0.26

    2.
    CU EXT MRS MEIR TALKS TO PRESS.
    2.29


    TRANSCRIPT: MEIR (SEQ. 2): "YOU CAN ASK SOME QUESTIONS BUT I'M AFRAID YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET ANY ANSWERS...WELL, REALLY, ALL I WANT TO SAY IS THAT WE HAD A VERY, VERY PLEASANT TALKS--WE ALWAYS HAVE--AND MANY PROBLEMS WERE DISCUSSED, AND I SUPPOSE THERE WILL BE MORE OF THAT, AND THAT IS ALL"



    QUESTION: "CAN YOU BE SPECIFIC?"



    MEIR: "THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I'M TRYING NOT TO BE--SPECIFIC."



    QUESTION: "WITHOUT GETTING SPECIFIC CAN YOU SAY WHETHER ANY PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN RESOLVED?"



    MEIR: "THERE ARE SOME PROBLEMS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN RESOLVED FOR 25 YEARS."



    QUESTION: "DID YOU GET ANY ENCOURAGEMENT....?"



    MEIR: "I AM A PERSON WHO IS ALWAYS OPTIMISTIC AND NEVER DISCOURAGES.



    QUESTION: "MRS. MEIR, CAN YOU ETCH OUT FOR US WHAT ISRAEL'S CONCERNS ARE RIGHT NOW?"



    MEIR: "WHAT OUR CONCERNS ARE? THERE'S ONLY ONE. THAT WE DON'T HAVE PEACE WITH OUR NEIGHBOURS."



    QUESTION: "DO YOU STILL BELIEVE THE NEGOTIATING PROCESS CANNOT GO FORWARD UNLESS ISRAEL (NEGOTIATES)...?



    MEIR: "WE ARE ALWAYS PREPARED TO NEGOTIATE UNDER PROPER CONDITIONS. PROPER CONDITIONS MEANS THAT WE ARE PREPARED TO GO TO ANY NEGOTIATIONS, PREFERABLY DIRECT; PREPARED ALSO FOR INDIRECT NEGOTIATIONS FOR A FINAL PEACE AGREEMENT WITHOUT ANY PRE-CONDITIONS ON EITHER SIDE. THAT'S ALMOST LIKE A BIBLE."



    QUESTION: "HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE ATMOSPHERE AT THE MEETINGS?"



    MEIR: "WONDERFUL. A VERY GOOD ATMOSPHERE, A VERY GOOD LUNCH."



    QUESTION: "ARE YOU CONCERNED IN ANY WAY THAT, SHORT OF A SETTLEMENT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE ARABS STATE, THE BIG POWER MAY CHOOSE AT SOME POINT NEXT YEAR TO TRY TO IMPOSE ORE?"



    MEIR: "I DON'T BELIEVE THAT EVEN THE BIGGEST POWERS HAVE THE RIGHT NOR THE ABILITY TO IMPOSE ANYTHING ON INDEPENDENT STATES."



    QUESTION: "IS IT ONE OF YOUR FEARS THAT YOU FEAR THAT MAY HAPPEN?"



    MEIR: "WE DON'T HAVE FEARS."




    Initials BB/2343 MF/MR/BB/0029



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER GOLDA MEIR EMERGED SMILING FROM A THREE-HOUR WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT MEETING YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AND SAID SHE WAS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE TALKS. THE ISRAELI LEADER AND U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE WILLIAM ROGERS HAD BEEN EXPECTED TO DISCUSS ISRAEL'S LONGSTANDING REQUEST FOR MORE PHANTOM BOMBERS.

    DESPITE THE CONTINUING RUMBLES OF VAR FROM EGYPT, MRS. MEIR SAID ISRAEL WAS STILL READY FOR PEACE NEGOTIATIONS, PROVIDING THERE WAS ONE PRECONDITIONS. BUT SHE AVOIDED BEING TOO SPECIFIC IN HER ANSWERS TO NEWSMEN:

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF1RZW63OCJ920DT08MEC43B8K
    Media URN:
    VLVAF1RZW63OCJ920DT08MEC43B8K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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