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Kissinger Sees No Insurmountable Opposition from Ussr, Congress on Stationing U.S. Personnel in Sina

Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger said he does not expect any insurmountable opposition either from the Soviet Union or Congress over the stationing of up to 200 American civilians in the Sinai under the new Israeli-Egyptian interim accord.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to the UN last Friday, Kissinger said he plans to hold extended talks with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko when he comes here for the General Assembly session which opens Sept. 16. “I believe that at the end of these conversations we will come to an understanding about the relations between UN activities and the really rather small U.S. activities which are not part of the UN’s mandate but which will nevertheless be related to the UN mandate.”

Referring to Congress. Kissinger said he was also “fairly optimistic” about obtaining its approval for the stationing of the technicians. He said he got that impression during briefings with Congressional leaders Thursday after it was explained that there was no parallel to the American involvement in Vietnam. During his visit here, the Secretary also discussed the disengagement accord with Secretary General Kurt Waldheim and began a series of talks with leading representatives from various nations.