United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who is touring Middle East countries in an attempt to revive the Geneva peace talks, met Jordanian leaders on Wednesday (9 February).
GV EXTERIOR Mansour Palace, temporary headquarters of Lebanese parliament building with UN car in foreground.
MV EXTERIOR Arab peacekeeping troops round tank.
MV Kurt Waldheim enters building.
MV INTERIOR Kurt Waldheim greeted by Lebanese parliamentary speaker Kamal Al-Assaad.
MVs Waldheim and Al-Asad seated talking. (3 shots)
GV EXTERIOR Mansour Palace and police with armoured car in foreground as Waldheim leaves building with Asaad and party. (2 shots)
MV Kurt Waldheim arrives at airport guard of honour in foreground.
MV INTERIOR Waldheim makes statement to newsmen.
(JORDAN) GV EXT. Prince Hassan's office.
MV Cars with UN and Jordanian flag.
MV INTERIOR Kurt Waldheim and Prince Hassan studying maps on office wall. (4 shots)
CV Charts on wall
MV PAN Waldheim and representatives seated with Prince Hassan at conference table. (4 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQUENCE 8: WALDHEIM: "The welcome opportunity to have an extensive exchange of views with the President, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was good enough to explain to me the situation in the country, and of course we had also an extensive discussion of the situation in the Middle East."
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: During the last night of Mr. Waldheim's stay in Amman on Wednesday (9 February), Queen Alia, the wife of the Jordanian head of state King Hussein, was killed in a helicopter crash.
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Background: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who is touring Middle East countries in an attempt to revive the Geneva peace talks, met Jordanian leaders on Wednesday (9 February). The previous day Mr. Waldheim had final talks with Lebanese leaders.
SYNOPSIS: In Mr. Waldheim's final day in Beirut, the talks were held under the eye of Arab peacekeeping force troops at the Mansour Palace, the temporary headquarters of the Lebanese parliament. The speaker of parliament Mr. Kamal Al-Asaad met Mr. Waldheim.
Mr. Waldheim said afterwards that his impression from speaking to the leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Lebanon was that they were all seriously interested in resuming peace negotiations as soon as possible. However, Mr. Waldheim said he was taking Israeli protests about the presence of Syrian peace-keeping forces in southern Lebanon very seriously. The Syrians have said that their troops are close to the Israeli border because the Lebanese authorities have asked them to go there to complete the task of disarming Moslem and Christian forces from the country's civil war which ended late last year.
Before leaving Beirut airport for Jordan on Tuesday, Mr. Waldheim told newsmen what his stay in Lebanon had achieved.
The morning after his arrival in Jordan, Mr. Waldheim called on Crown Prince Hassan, the heir to the Jordanian throne. The Jordanians believe that a Middle East peace settlement should be based on full Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territory. They have also insisted on the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) participation in any peace conference.
Israel's refusal to attend any peace conference involving the Palestine Liberation Organisation-whom they regard as terrorists - was the reason peace negotiations failed last time. Mr. Waldheim, who is in favour of the PLO's inclusion, is expected to receive a cool reception when he arrives in Israel on Thursday.