BUDAPEST (Jan. 16)
Alajos Chrudinak, a correspondent from Hungarian television, interviewed members of both the Egyptian and Israeli delegations attending the Geneva peace conference.
Chrudinak asked Mordechai Oren, member of the political committee of the Israeli Mapam Party, what his impressions were of the Geneva conference. Oren predicted the talks would perhaps last a year, but he was confident they would end in a peace agreement. The Arabs, he went on, “will not risk another war, especially if they see the chance of retrieving 90 percent of their territories at the conference.”
Chrudinak also interviewed Ahmed Hamrus, the editor-in-chief of the Egyptian daily “Rose el Yousef,” who said he believed the conference would bring about peace because it will create new human contacts between the two sides and eventually break down what he termed the “artificial” barriers between them.
Mohammed Riad, Deputy Foreign Minister of Egypt, said he was satisfied with the opening of the conference and the work of the military committee. He said he believed real progress would be made during the remainder of the month.