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Waldheim, PLO Praise Joint Statement

United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim said today that he hoped the U.S.-USSR joint statement will “lead to a breakthrough” to reconvening the Geneva conference. “It contains the main elements for a solution of the Middle East problem,” he said of the statement. Waldheim said he especially hoped that the statement will “overcome the existing difficulties” in the talks being conducted at the UN and elsewhere.

Farouk Kaddoumi, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization political department, who met with Waldheim yesterday, also welcomed the joint “statement. He said it contained” positive indications toward a just settlement of the Middle East conflict” and “a contribution to international efforts which aim at securing a new Security Council resolution which provides an adequate basis that ensures the inalienable rights of the people of Palestine.”