Soviet Leaves Geneva Before Anticipated Meeting with Peres
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Soviet Leaves Geneva Before Anticipated Meeting with Peres

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Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres will not meet here with Soviet diplomats or with President Mircic Mognov of Yugoslavia, contrary to reports in the Israeli media that such meetings were likely.

Vladimir Polyakov, the top Soviet specialist on Middle East affairs, left Geneva Wednesday morning after two days of talks with his American counterpart, Assistant Secretary of State Richard Murphy. Peres arrived here on Thursday.

Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Yuli Vorontsov is due here Saturday, by which time Peres will have returned to Israel. A Soviet diplomat told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the time has not yet arrived for meetings between Soviet officials and the Israeli Foreign Minister.

Peres has a one-hour meeting scheduled Thursday with president Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. Mubarak arrived in Geneva Wednesday afternoon. He acknowledged that he would meet Peres only after he was pressed on the subject by reporters. He appeared less than enthusiastic. “Why not?” was his response.

Peres was to attend the opening session of the conference of the United Nations Trade and Development Agency Thursday afternoon and will meet later with UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar. He is then scheduled to attend a reception given by the Swiss authorities for conference delegates Thursday night and will fly back to Israel immediately afterwards or early Friday morning.

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