Dr. Gunnar V. Jarring, the United Nations Middle East representative, announced on Monday (August 24)?
GV Jarring seated in front of press
CU Jarring speaks.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: "I have pleasure in announcing that the governments of Israel, Jordan and the United Arab Republic have each appointed representatives for the discussions to be held under my auspices for the purpose of reaching agreement on the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, and that these discussions will begin on the 25th of August, 1970, at New York. The parties will be represented in the initial stage by their permanent representatives. It continues to be my hope, that at a later stage the discussions can be held at the Foreign Ministers' level. I feel sure that the parties will enter the discussion with the firm intention of finding a solution. I hope that with good will and understanding they will in time reach agreement on a just and lasting peace."
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Background: Dr. Gunnar V. Jarring, the United Nations Middle East representative, announced on Monday (August 24) that Arab-Israeli peace negotiations would begin at the U.N. on Tuesday.
At a press conference in New York, Dr. Jarring said that Israel, Jordan and the United Arab Republic would be represented in the initial stages of the talks by their permanent representatives to the United Nations, but he expressed the hope that at a later stage the discussions could take place at the Foreign Ministers' level.
Dr. Mohamed Al-Zayyat will represent Egypt, Mr. Yosef Tekoah will negotiate for Israel and Mr. Abdul Hamid Sharraf, Jordan's ambassador to Washington, is expected to stand in for Jordanian U.N. ambassador Muhammed El-Farra until he returns to New York from consultations in Amman.
Dr. Jarring said that he expected the talks to go on daily without break after beginning on Tuesday, but cut the conference short when the questioning began to touch on political details.
Asked if he would ask for an extension of the 90-day cease-fire which went into effect on August 8, Dr. Jarring said that although it would be a good thing if the cease-fire could be prolonged, it would be much better if a solution was found before the end of the cease-fire period.
Speaking at a press conference in New York, Dr. Gunnar Jarring said: