UNITED NATIONS (Jul. 11)
Diplomatic observers here believe it is virtually assured that Secretary General Kurt Waldheim will visit the Middle East shortly, possibly next month. Their belief was bolstered by the announcement of tentative plans for Waldheim to visit Eastern Europe in Aug. and a report in the semi-official Egyptian daily, Al Ahram, that the Secretary General will go to the Middle East directly from Eastern Europe.
A UN spokesman said today, however, that Waldheim “has no immediate plans to visit the Middle East.” He added that the Secretary General would make the trip “only if he felt that such a visit will be useful and productive.” The spokesman would not confirm the Al Ahram report.