244. Transcript of Telephone Conversation Between Secretary of State Kissinger and the Minister of the Soviet Embassy (Vorontsov)1
V: Yes, Henry.
K: Yuri, I will let you know within half an hour, 45 minutes, but it must be where at the line established when the ceasefire went into effect.
V: It’s firm now.
K: It’s not yet firm but only one we’re now considering.
V: Went into effect. Right, I’ve got it.
K: On the other one, now, there’s only one other point we have, which I know is no problem—where you say you think for that purpose, first of all, the personnel of the United Nations which is at present in Cairo.
K: What we would like to say is “using for that purpose UN personnel now in the Middle East but first of all—
V: Now in the Middle East.
K: And first of all—
V: By this line, you mean—
K: The ones that are in Jerusalem, for example.
V: Uh-huh. Not Syrian situation you have in mind?
V: Since we are talking about Egypt and—
K: No, no. What we have in mind is the Egyptian situation.
V: Yeah.[Page 682]
K: It applies specifically only to Egypt.
V: Yeah, I see. So you mean from that line, from the Israeli side, yes, to engage—
K: Just to have more personnel available.
V: Yeah, all the personnel available there. First of all which is in Cairo. Well, I don’t think there will be any problem here. But, Henry, there is a problem about postponement. Scali suggested to Malik 3 o’clock. It’s terrible of course.
K: No, no; I have just instructed that they should start the meeting and delay the vote.
V: Yeah. Okay.
V: Yeah, it’s okay so far as I’m concerned. I don’t have time to consult with the government in Moscow, you understand.
K: But tell Malik what I suggested.
V: I’ll tell Malik. I’m just contacting him now.
K: Good. Thank you.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, Kissinger Telephone Conversations, Transcripts (Telcons), Chronological File, Anatoli[y] Dobrynin File, Box 28. No classification marking.↩