President Jimmy Carter told a joint session of Congress in Washington on Thursday (19 January) that the present peace negotiations in the Middle East are a precious opportunity for a settlement, a chance which may not recur in the present generation.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: CARTER: "Every American has a stake in our second major goal-a world at peace. In a nuclear age, each of us is threatened when peace is not secured everywhere. We are trying to promote harmony in those parts of the world where major differences exist among other nations and threaten international peace. In the Middle East, we are contributing our good offices to maintain the momentum of the current negotiations and to keep open the lines of communication among the Middle Eastern leaders. The whole world has a great stake in the success of these measures. This is a precious opportunity for a historic settlement of long standing conflicts - an opportunity which may never come again in our lifetimes. Our role has been difficult and sometimes thankless and controversial, but it has been constructive and it has been necessary and it will continue."
CARTER: "I know that it is not easy for the Congress to act, but the fact remains that on the energy legislation, we have failed the American people. Almost five years after the oil embargo dramatised the problem for us all, we still do not have a national energy programme. Not much longer can we tolerate a stalemate. It undermines our national interests, both at home and abroad. We must succeed and I believe we will."
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Background: President Jimmy Carter told a joint session of Congress in Washington on Thursday (19 January) that the present peace negotiations in the Middle East are a precious opportunity for a settlement, a chance which may not recur in the present generation. In his first State of the Union message since taking office a year ago, the President also emphasised his priorities for improving the United States' sluggish economy--including steps to combat inflation, reduce unemployment and develop a national energy programme.
SYNOPSIS: First the president spoke about the American role in the Middle East peace initiative.
Mr. Carter then spoke of the need for a national energy policy.