The thirty-third session of the United Nations General Assembly began in New York this week, with uncertainty about Middle East peace prospects and disquiet over developments in southern Africa.
CU UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim speaking in English to reporter.
CU Reporter Brian Saxton asking question.
CU Waldheim replying.
WALDHEIM: "I consider this agreement a dramatic development in regard to the Middle East problem, with far-reaching consequences. There can be no doubt about this. But I have to add immediately that the success will depend very much on the attitude of the other parties concerned. This was a bilateral agreement achieved with the help of President Carter, who has gone through enormous effort in order to bring the two sides together in the way we have seen. But I have to say and to stress again that the success will depend very much on how the other parties will react. Now we have seen positive and negative reactions, but I think it will not be easy to overcome the still remaining difficulties."
SAXTON: "Do you think these events might have supe???ceded the Geneva Peace Conference?"
WALDHEIM: "I do not think so. Definitely not. The Geneva Conference is still a possibility to bring the other parties into the negotiating process. I have seen yesterday the reaction of Jordan and Saudi Arabia for instance, and the reservations those countries have made in regard to the Camp David agreements. And this shows, together with the reaction of other parties to the conflict in the Middle East, how important it is to bring everybody back to the negotiating table. And here of course at the Geneva Conference a multilateral approach can be helpful. So I do not feel that the events we have witnessed in Camp David will make it unnecessary to adopt a multilateral approach again if the time comes, when the time comes."
REPORTER: BRIAN SAXTON
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Background: The thirty-third session of the United Nations General Assembly began in New York this week, with uncertainty about Middle East peace prospects and disquiet over developments in southern Africa. The Camp David agreement between Egypt and Israel was reportedly at the centre of private talks when delegates gathered before the opening ceremony on Tuesday (September 19). It was also reviewed by the United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim in an interview with Visnews Reporter Brian Saxton.