U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, continuing his shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East,?
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SV Dayan arrives
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SV Kissinger and Eban come out of building and Kissinger speaks to press
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"As you know, substantial agreement has ben reached on the demarkation line. But there are a whole range of other issues linked to it, such as buffer zones, thinning out of forces, U.N. presence, prisoners,which we are now negotiating, and on several of which progress has been made. I am going back to Damascus this afternoon to discuss those elements that still remain unresolved because obviously the whole thing is one package."
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Background: U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, continuing his shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East, said on Wednesday (22 May) that "substantial agreement" had been reached on a line of disengagement between Syrian and Israeli forces in the Golan Heights.
But before returning to Damascus from Jerusalem, Dr. Kissinger said there were a number of other issues which still had to be thrashed out. He was speaking to newsmen after two hours of talks with the Israeli negotiating team, headed by Premier Golda Meir.
Asked whether he would continue his 25-day Middle East visit beyond Friday (24 May), Dr. Kissinger said "I expect to leave this week-end."
Dr. Kissinger was reported to be pressing for a buffer zone of two to six kilometres (one to four miles) wide. israel was understook to be prepared to return the 800 square kilometre (300 square mile) public taken in the October war last year, the Golan Heights town of Kuneitra and some territory at the southern end of the Heights.
Meanwhile an anti-government rally in another part of Jerusalem heard a long speech from the leader of Israel's conservative Likud opposition party, Mr. Menahem Begin. Mr. Begin attacked the way the Israel-Syria negotiations were going, and reaffirmed his party's militant opposition to any withdrawal from the Golan Heights.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli Premier Golda Meir heard the latest developments in the negotiations for a disengagement between Israeli and Syrian forces along the Golan Heights on Wednesday. Mrs. Meir -- in her last days as Premier -- has been heading the Israeli negotiating team which also includes Defence Minister Moshe Dayan. The Israeli team met in Mrs. Meir's offices near the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem.
The United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger had arrived earlier from Damascus to report the latest position to the Israelis. It was the twenty fifth day of this Middle East visit, in which he has shuttled back and forth between the Damascus and Jerusalem. Dr. Kissinger spoke optimistically about the prospects for an agreement.
Meanwhile, in another part of Jerusalem, opponents of the present Labour-dominated government staged a rally in protest against the way the negotiations with the Syrians were going. The rally was addressed by the leader of Israel's conservative Likud Opposition party, Mr. Menahem Begin. He was rioutously welcomed.
Mr. Begin attacked Mrs. Meir's handling of the disengagement negotiations, claiming that Israel should make concessions to the Arabs. He reaffirmed his party's militant composition to any withdrawal from the Golan Heights.