WASHINGTON (May. 11)
The State Department lowered the curtain of “quiet diplomacy” today on developments in America’s quest for a peace settlement in the Middle East. Department spokesman Charles Bray told newsmen at today’s press briefing that he couldn’t say what the next step would be in maintaining the momentum of Mideast peace talks. He said UN mediator Dr. Gunnar V. Jarring would be returning to New York this week and assumed that he would be briefed fully on Secretary of State William P. Rogers’ recent Mideast tour. He refused to comment on Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s statement of his country’s terms for an interim Suez agreement to the Arab Socialist Union in Cario last night (see separate story). He refused to say whether Rogers’ Mideast visit has broken the impasse in the Jarring talks observing that he would leave that question up to Dr. Jarring. He also would not comment on Rogers’ report on his Mideast tour to President Nixon at the White House yesterday. “We have made another return to a period of quiet diplomacy,” Bray said.