U.N. Secretary General Sending Envoy Back to the Middle East

Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar is again sending Undersecretary General Marrack Goulding to the Mideast, a U.N. spokesman announced Thursday.

Goulding, who recently visited Israel and the administered territories, and reported on the situation to Perez de Cuellar, will shortly go to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and probably Tunis, where he will meet with representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

He is expected to hold talks in these countries and to explore new ideas to advance peace in the Middle East.

“The secretary general is sending Marrack Goulding on a further visit to the Middle East in order to pursue consultations with those of the parties directly concerned who were not consulted during last month’s visit,” the spokesman said, reading from a prepared statement on behalf of Perez de Cuellar.

In his report on his visit to the territories, Goulding sharply criticized Israel’s way of handling the violent demonstrations by the Palestinians. Based on this report, the secretary general issued his own report calling for an international peace conference to resolve the Mideast conflict.

No date was set so far for Goulding’s departure to the Mideast, but U.N. officials said Thursday that “it’s a matter of days.”

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