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Kissinger Believes Progress Will Be Made at the Geneva Peace Talks

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Secretary of State Henry A, Kissinger said today that the United States is committed to make a major effort to bring about a just and lasting peace in the Middle East that recognizes the security of all nations “and the legitimate aspirations of every one in the region.”

Speaking at a press conference late this afternoon which was devoted mainly to”The Year of Europe.” Kissinger said he believed that progress would be made at the Geneva peace conference but noted that “We are at the very beginning of a slow and agonizing effort,” He said “We believe progress will be made in talks on troop disengagement between the Israelis and the others.”

Kissinger praised the Soviet Union for its role in helping the Geneva talks to get underway. He said, “The Soviet Union’s behavior in the prelude of the talks and in the first phase has been constructive and has been recognized as such by all parties,” He stated that the U.S. is determined that the Mideast situation does not develop into one resembling the Balkan states before the first World War “producing a catastrophe from which the world would never recover.”

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