DETROIT (Jun. 17)
Kurt Waldheim, the United Nations Secretary General, declared at a press conference here that he is working to include the other parties to the Middle East conference in the present peace negotiations between Israel and Egypt, with United States participation.
Waldheim said the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty had changed the framework of Middle East peace talks. He also told reporters that a reconvened Geneva peace conference, which he had previously favored, “would not contribute to a Middle East solution at this time or in the near future.”
He reiterated that the Palestinian issue “is still at the crux” of the Middle East problem. He said he had advocated “very delicate” preparatory meetings, under UN auspices, to bring Syria, Jordan “and others” into the peace talks.
He said the Palestinian Arabs “want self-determination” and “their own state.” He said “there is a deep gap-between the Palestinians, the other Arabs and the Israeli-American approach” and that there cannot be a comprehensive Mideast settlement without solution of the Palestinian problem.