CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 29, 1977
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(Studio) Secretary of State Vance leaves Sunday for Mid. East carrying undisclosed American plans for convening Mid. East peace conference It's reported Arab ntns. will present to Vance modified peace plan of own.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Tel Aviv, Israel) Arab peace plan reported to be closer to American positions than anything Israelis have yet announced. Jordan royal court representative has been meeting with leaders of Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia to thrash out details. Sources say Arabs will agree not to let PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) stand in way of conf., and that President Sadat suggests PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) approve non-PLO Palestinian group in Geneva, within Jordan's delegation. Details of plan re: Israeli-occupied territory, west bank and Palestinians' fate noted.
REPORTER: Bob Simon
(DC) Secretary Vance more cautious than President Carter with regard to prospects for Geneva conference in October [VANCE - will discuss Prime Min. Begin's proposals as well as American ones with Mid. East leaders] Secretary says negotiations now so delicate that days of open diplomacy are over; also says he doesn't expect to meet any PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) member on trip, but doesn't rule out possibility. Vance also says legal claim to west bank not clear.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
(Studio) Vance also says he and USSR foreign minister Gromyko will meet in Vienna in September to discuss Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT).