Waldheim: Comprehensive Settlement Needed to Achieve Mideast Peace

Secretary General Kurt Waldheim declared here today that “a real lasting peace” in the Middle East can only be achieved “through a comprehensive settlement.” He said that the solution of the Palestinian problem is essential to such a settlement.

Waldheim’s remarks on the Mideast situation were made during his traditional press conference before the opening of the UN General Assembly. The 36th session of the General Assembly is scheduled to open here Sept. 15.

Waldheim, commenting on the present situation in the Mideast, expressed satisfaction that the cease-fire across the Israel-Lebanon border is holding and said that the UN played an important part in bringing about the cease-fire.

In his opening statement, Waldheim officially announced his candidacy for a third term as Secretary General for the next five years. The Secretary General is appointed by the General Assembly and must be endorsed by the Security Council.

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