CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 02, 1976
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(Studio) Calls for reconvening of Geneva conference on Middle East have recently come from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, PLO, Israel, United States and USSR . Today Egypt foreign minister Ismail Fahmy says talks should resume in 1st 3 mos. of 1977. United Nations echoes sentiment.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(New York City) Egypt United Nations ambassador Esmat Abdel Mequid opens session of United Nations General Assembly with appeal for resumption of Geneva Middle East conf.; Egypt President Anwar Sadat has pressured for resumption; Israel Prime Min. Yitzhak Rabin also has endorsed conference USSR has formally requested reconvening conference and Ford administration says Middle East problem should be approached as whole, not in pieces. President-elect Jimmy Carter, in interview Monday with Walter Cronkite, says he wants talks resumed soon. [CARTER - notes Israeli elections next fall and says he'd like to see progress made before then. Says Middle East task force may be set up after naming of Secretary State.] Problem in Middle East settlement is that USSR and Arabs want PLO incl. in talks and United States and Israel refuse unless PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) accepts peaceful settlement and existence of Israel.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet