Israeli Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin told newsmen in an interview on Tuesday(11Aug)...after meeting Assistant Secretary of?
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: REPORTER: "Mr. Ambassador, when and where do you expect the negotiations to begin amongst the parties?
RABIN: Well, we hope that it will start as soon as possible. I believe at this stage that Ambassador Jarring is trying to work out the question of the level of the representatives and the place where the meeting will take place.
REPORTER: At what level is your Government prepared to meet Sir?
RABIN: Well, I don't believe my Government has taken a clear position. I believe that since our intentions are serious we hope the level will be a high level.
REPORTER: Would it be Prime Minister level?
RABIN: I am in no position to say exactly, but with things at the higher level, the more serious the talks will be.
REPORTER: Mr Ambassador, you've just returned from your country...do you gather there is a sense of relief that the shooting has stooped at least on one front?
RABIN: Well, I believe there are mixed feelings. First, everybody's happy that the shooting has been stopped, but people have to think a little bit forward to see what will be the real outcome of the limited ceasefire."
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Background: Israeli Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin told newsmen in an interview on Tuesday(11Aug)...after meeting Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Sisco...that he wished to emphasise that any Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territory, must leave his country with secure borders. This requirement had been stressed in his talks with the State Department.
General Rabin had returned to Washington the night before(Monday) after urgent consultations in Jerusalem. He declined to reveal how he had conveyed his Government's anger at the United Nations' failure to emphasise Israel's terms for any withdrawals. State Department officials have not considered the United Nations omission significant, as they are still backing Israel's position on withdrawal.