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    INTRODUCTION: The resumption of the 1973 Geneva peace talks on the Middle East was one of the key issues at this year's opening session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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    GV & SV U.N. building with flags outside (MUTE) (2 shots)

    CU INT U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim addressing General Assembly (in English)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL,KURT WALDHEIM: "As I have often stated in recent months, it is essential that ways be found to resume the negotiating process aimed at a settlement of the problems of the Middle East with as little delay as possible. It is now more than three years since the Security Council adopted resolution 338 which decided that ... and I quite ...'immediately and concurrently with the ceasefire, negotiations start between the parties concerned under appropriate auspices aimed at establishing a just and durable peace in the Middle East.' Since that time, much effort has been devoted to this aim, and interim and disengagement agreements have in fact been negotiated on two sectors of confrontation in the Middle East. in the past year, various circumstances made it impossible to reactivate the negotiating process and to arrange for the resumption of the peace conference on the Middle East, which first met in December of 1973. Now, however,it would appear that the circumstances are more favourable to a resumption of the negotiating process. Indeed, there would appear on all sides to be an active desire to find ways of reconvening the Geneva Conference with the shortest possible delay. I believe that the present circumstances may well offer a better opportunity for the resumption of the negotiations than has existed for some time past. I am, moreover, firmly convinced that should this opportunity be lost, the situation in the Middle East will soon again become dangerous and a threat to international peace. I hope that my contacts with the parties on this visit will result in a clarification of their view as to the best course to follow in resuming the negotiating process. As you will recall, I am required by the General Assembly to report to the Security Council in this regard not later than 1 March 1977. The conversation which I shall have in the Middle East will provide an opportunity for exchanging views and suggestions on the reconvening of the peace conference and wil
    l, I am confident, be of great assistance to me in preparing my report to the Security Council."

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The resumption of the 1973 Geneva peace talks on the Middle East was one of the key issues at this year's opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who is planning a two-week visit to the Middle East next month (February) for talks with Arab and israeli leaders, warned the Assembly of the "threat to international peace" if the talks did not resume.

    SYNOPSIS: However, he told the Assembly, there was a good chance of the talks resuming before the Israeli general elections in May.

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