United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim flew into Cairo on Tuesday (25 November) to inform Egyptian President Anwar Sadat of the latest developments in the efforts to persuade Israel and Syria to keep a U.
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SV President Sadat and Dr. Waldheim seated inside and talking to each other (3 shots)
SV Fahmy and UN aides PAN TO Sadat and Waldhiem
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Dr WALDHEIM: "I with to tell you that there are still differences between the Syrian position and the Israeli position, in this regard and it is therefore my intention to return to Damascus tomorrow afternoon in order to discuss the situation again with President Assad, in the light of the discussions I had yesterday in Israel. And I hope that we will then by able to bridge the gap, to find a procedure which will help us to solve the problem."
The Presidential Palace in Cairo .. meeting place for United Nations Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on Wednesday. Dr. Waldheim flew into Cairo to inform the Egyptian leader of the latest developments in efforts to keep a U.N. force between Israeli and Syrian front lines in the Golan Heights.
The mandate of the U.N.'s disengagement force in the Golan heights expires next Sunday, and both Dr. Waldheim and President Sadat are keen to see it extended. However, according to Dr. Waldheim there are still differences between the Syrians and the Israelis that must be settled before the mandate can be extended. He told a news conference he would return to Damascus on Thursday to renew talks with Syrian leader Hafez Al-Assad.
This film is serviced with part of a statement made by Dr. Waldheim during his Egyptian visit. A transcript follows.
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Background: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim flew into Cairo on Tuesday (25 November) to inform Egyptian President Anwar Sadat of the latest developments in the efforts to persuade Israel and Syria to keep a U.N. force between their front lines in the Golan Heights.
Dr. Waldheim has met both Syrian and Israeli leaders since beginning a new Middle East tour last Saturday. he will return to Damascus for more talks on Thursday (27 November) .. sandwiching a visit to strife-torn Lebanon in between his Israeli-Syrian shuttle.
After meeting with President Sadat, the U.N. chief told a news conference that there were still differences to be settled before a solution to the Golan Heights problem could be achieved.
The U.N. is trying to extend the mandate of its disengagement observation force in the Golan Heights. The mandate is due to expire next Sunday (30 November).
Dr. Waldheim has received support from President Sadat in his efforts to achieve this goal.
He said he believes the Egyptian leader wishes to "maintain the momentum in a search for peace".