United States Secretary of State William Rogers and Israel's Foreign Minister Abba Eban met yesterday (Saturday) in New York to discuss the Middle East situation.
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SEQ. 2: EBAN: "We discussed the present situation in the light of the new phase of the cease-fire."
REPORTER: "The new phase being what ?"
EBAN: "That there's an extension for another 90 days and the problems of the peace talks." Our position is that we basically want the talks as we agreed in August of this year but that there are obstacles that have not been overcome. We defined what those obstacles were.
REPORTER: "Those obstacles are still the Egyptian missiles"?
EBAN: "That is one of the obstacles and also the situation created by the unfortunate general assembly action of the week.
REPORTER: "Do you except the talks to be resumed soon. ?"
EBAN: "Its much to early to say anything on that matter. At this moment I dont see an early resumption to the talks because these obstacles exist, and have not been overcome."
SEQ. 3: REPORTER: (TO ROGERS) "Mr. Secretary, can you give us any hope that the peace talks will be resumed soon ?"
ROGERS: "Well I wouldn't want to express any particular hope which would lead to false optimism. As you know there is a problem of violation that happened during this period of the ceasefire. We hope that it's something that can be worked out."
REPORTER: "Are those violations receiving any less importance in as much now that the United States is furnishing Israel with military equipment that could help to redress the balance of power.
ROGERS: ", I'm not sure that I want to say they're less important, we've said all along that we think its important that the parties start the negotiation and in order to do that there has to be some recognition of the fact that there has been a problem. We're seeking ways of overcoming the impasse."
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Background: United States Secretary of State William Rogers and Israel's Foreign Minister Abba Eban met yesterday (Saturday) in New York to discuss the Middle East situation. The talks lasted one hour and were described late as "as continuation of the dialogue between the two Governments."
After the meeting Mr. Eban told newsmen;