VIENNA (Jul. 31)
Secretary General Kurt Waldheim warned here today that the expulsion of Israel from the United Nations General Assembly would create a serious crisis for the UN, especially because the United States and other countries have already threatened to take counter-measures, Waldheim, who arrived here to preside at the third round of talks on the Cyprus crisis, also expressed hope that Israel and Egypt could agree to an interim agreement in Sinai to defuse the dangerous situation in the Middle East. He said he considered the next few months crucial for that region.
Waldheim added that a new interim accord could only be a first step toward reconvening the Geneva conference where the entire Middle East conflict will be under negotiation. He said he was confident that a satisfactory solution could be found. Waldheim also expressed hope that Egypt would agree to extend the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) mandate after its new three-month term expires in October. He said it was vitally important to have UN forces stationed in Sinai. Referring to Arab attempts to oust Israel from the General Assembly, Waldheim stressed the universality of the world organization which, he said, must not be violated.
SADAT EXPRESSES PESSIMISM
(Reports from Alexandria today indicated that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was pessimistic about the prospects of a new interim agreement with Israel. Returning today from Kampala. Uganda, where he attended the meeting of the Organization for African Unity (OAU), Sadat and his advisors were studying the latest Israeli proposals, conveyed to Cairo last week by U.S. Ambassador Hermann Eilts. Sadat is expected to indicate his response sometime next week. Government circles in Egypt reportedly believe that Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger’s assessment that chances for success of a new Sinai accord are better than 50-50 may be over-optimistic.)