Waldheim Encouraged by Israeli Approach to Mideast Peace

United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim sent a telegram to Foreign Minister Abba Eban stating: The understanding I found in your country toward my efforts to contribute a just and lasting peace in the Middle East is a source of great encouragement for me.”

The telegram was sent after Waldheim finished his five-nation Mideast tour yesterday. Political sources in Jerusalem said tonight the telegram proves that the Secretary General received a positive impression from the Israeli approach to the conflict between Israel and the Arab countries.

The sources also stated the telegram indicated that Waldheim intends to continue his personal involvement in an effort to break through the present Mideast deadlock and is trying to maintain good relations with both sides in the conflict. There was no immediate information whether or not Waldheim sent similar messages to the four other countries he visited.

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