United States Secretary of State, William Rogers said in Washington yesterday that the time had never been better for a settlement in the Middle East.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: ROGERS: "The time has never been better for a settlement in the Middle East; and if we don't make a settlement now, we're going to plant the seeds that will lead to a future war. Now everyone now it seems to me is prepared for peace. The difficulties involve now on the one hand the acquisition of territory, which Egypt says is unacceptable, and which the Security Council resolution says in unacceptable. And security as far as Israel is concerned. Now we think there's a middle ground. We think those two positions can be negotiated if the parties want to. In other words the security aspect of it does not necessary require the acquisition of territory. On the other hand we recognise that its security is guaranteed. And the United States is perfectly prepared to play a leading role in that guarantee."
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: EBAN:" We believe that the main guarantees of future peace lie in the establishment of secure and recognised boundaries which must be different from the old vulnerable armistice lines, and that is the central principle of our policy.
QUESTION: Why don't you put more trust in international guarantees, Mr Foreign Minister?
EBAN: I don't know how many people here were alive in 1967, I think most of you were alive in 1967. There is a deep and passionate and traumatic memory of what has happened to international assurances, statements, and promises and hopes and expectations, and 1967 is a case history in the collapse of those guarantees, and in that collapse much blood was lost, and Israel is absolutely determined not to put its future at the disposition of the vague or fragile or uncertain solutions".
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Background: United States Secretary of State, William Rogers said in Washington yesterday that the time had never been better for a settlement in the Middle East. But he warned that if the chance wasn't taken now, the seeds would be planted for a future war.
Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister, Abba Eban arrived in New York yesterday for talks with Mr Rogers. Speaking to newsmen at the airport he said that Israel wanted firm peace proposals not "vague, fragile or uncertain solutions."