WASHINGTON (May. 26)
Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger called today for “new impetus” to peace moves in the Middle East and reiterated that “all parties” must “show dedication and willingness ?take risks for peace.” Kissinger’s remarks were contained in a speech prepared for delivery to the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO) members in London. Copies were made available to newsmen here.
“The time is approaching when new impetus must be given to the movement towards overall peace” in the Middle East, Kissinger said. “The United States remains dedicated to helping achieve a just and lasting peace in accordance with United Nations Resolutions 242 and 338. We look to all parties to show dedication and willingness to take risks for peace.”
Kissinger also said that the U.S. is “actively exploring the most fruitful possibilities for renewing the negotiating process.” He noted that the tragedy of Lebanon has “preoccupied the attention of many of the parties in the Middle East.” He expressed hope that the election of a new President in Lebanon will “begin the necessary process of reconciliation within Lebanon and among those in the area who wish Lebanon well.” Kissinger urged “outside powers to practice the utmost restraint in an already difficult situation” in that country.
FRENCH OFFER ASSESSED
In a press conference in Luxembourg yesterday, the Secretary referred to the recent French offer of military intervention to end the fighting in Lebanon. He said the United States would consider such a move by France provided that it was approved by the countries in the area, by the Lebanese authorities and by the parties fighting in Lebanon.
Kissinger also said in Luxembourg yesterday that continuation of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights is overwhelmingly necessary if progress is to be maintained in Middle East peace negotiations. The UNDOF mandate expires May 30. A State Department spokesman said yesterday that the U.S. hoped it would be renewed without difficulties. Syria, however, was reported to be maneuvering for a UN debate on the question of Israeli settlement in the occupied territories as its price for agreeing to an extension of UNDOF.