Egyptian foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad again stressed the need for full Israeli evacuation from the occupied territories before full talks on the Middle East peace settlement would be considered by his Government when he spoke to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday.
FIRST. the implementation of President El-Sadat's initiative to which I referred earlier in my speech:
SECOND. that Israel accepts to enter into a peace agreement in accordance with the memorandum of Ambassador Jarring on the 8th of February 1971. Egypt has positively responded to this memorandum. It remains for Israel to take the same step thus enabling Ambassador Jarring to resume his contacts. I would then be ready to meet with Ambassador Jarring to discuss with him the implementation of the contents of his memorandum. I am ready to do this today.
Delegates in Assembly; Israeli delegate; U Thant and Malik listen to Riad speaking (IN ARABIC).
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Background: Egyptian foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad again stressed the need for full Israeli evacuation from the occupied territories before full talks on the Middle East peace settlement would be considered by his Government when he spoke to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday.
His speech was in response to that of Israeli Foreign Minister Aba Eban who, in an earlier address to the General Assembly, had offered to meet Foreign Minister Riad whilst the two men are in New York to discuss the Middle East situation.
After tracing the history of modern Arab Unity and the conflicts of the Arab States with Israel, Mr Riad emphasised the two points on which his Government was prepared to base future talks with U.N.Middle East peace negotiator, Gunnar Barring:-
The 22nd of November Security Council Resolution is firmly based on two inseparable foundations, permanent peace and full withdrawal.Ambassador Jarring mission is an integral part of the resolution.There are two roads before us while lead to the full implementation of the Security Council Resolution and establishment of permanent peace in the Middle East.