President Carter has spoken in Washington about the frustrations of constantly trying to overcome Israeli-Egyptians differences in the continuing Middle East negotiations.
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CARTER: "So we'll have to try and use our influence. I don't know what will happen about it. We just pray that agreements will be reached."
MOYERS: "Are you asking both sides to make further decisions?"
CARTER: "Oh, yes. Every day, and night. We ask both sides to, please, you know, be constructive; to, please, not freeze your position; to, please, continue to negotiate; to, please, yield on this proposal; to adopt this compromise. These have been, and are, our efforts on a constant basis. It will be horrible, I think, if we fail to reach a peaceful agreement; to imagine what would happen. And then see our children, our grandchildren, future generations look back and see these tiny technicalities, phrases, phrasing of ideas, legalisms, which seem to be paramount in the eyes of the Egyptian-Israeli agreements, have absolutely no historical significance. And that basically is what the problems are."
CARTER: "Well, we look on the Shah, as you know, as a friend, a loyal ally. And the good relationship that Iran has had, and has now, with ourselves, and with the other democracies in the world, the Western powers, has been very constructive and valuable. Also, having a strong and independent Iran in that area is a very stabilising factor. And we would hate to see it disrupted by violence, and the government fall with an unpredictable result. I would hope that a coalition government would be formed rapidly. At the present time, there is a quaisi-military government. The Shah has re-confirmed his commitment to have open and democratic elections within six months, eight months. I hope that would be possible. Our inclination is for the Iranian people to have a free expression of their own views, and to have a government (indistinct) that expresses the majority view in Iran."
MOYERS: "But can we do anything to encourage that? Or are our hands tied?"
CARTER: "No. We don't try to interfere in the internal affairs of Iran."
REPORTER: BILL MOYERS
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Background: President Carter has spoken in Washington about the frustrations of constantly trying to overcome Israeli-Egyptians differences in the continuing Middle East negotiations. On the turmoil in Iran, he said the United States and Western powers needed stable leadership there, expressing the people's wishes. The president was speaking on Monday (13 November) to Bill Moyers of the Public Broadcasting Service, first on the Middle East talks.
SYNOPSIS: President Carter then spoke on the United States reaction to the violence and anti-Shah demonstrations which have wracked Iran in recent weeks.