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Waldheim Mum on Austria

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A United Nations spokesman said today that Secretary General Kurt Waldheim declined to make any statement on the decision of the Austrian government to close the Schoenau transit camp. The spokesman added that Waldheim has made it clear in the past that he deplores all acts of terrorism. Observers here noted that the Secretary General was being cautious about making any comment on the latest terrorist act because he is an Austrian citizen.

Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban has arrived in New York and is expected to meet with Waldheim before addressing the General Assembly on Wednesday. This afternoon the Secretary General met with the foreign ministers of Iraq and Lebanon. Waldheim’s meetings with Arab. and Israeli diplomats are part of his continuing effort to implement his decision to keep the dialogue going on the Middle East, a decision he announced when he returned from his Middle East trip last month.

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