373. Letter From the Secretary of State Kissinger’s Executive Assistant (Eagleburger) to the Soviet Ambassador (Dobrynin)1
As the Secretary pointed out, our problems with the latest Fahmi proposal relate to two points:
—While we agree with the Egyptian view that the conference should have some endorsement of the Security Council, we are not in favor of a formal meeting of the Security Council to achieve this purpose.[Page 1029]
—With regard to point 6, we have problems with the phrase “the timing of the participation . . .”, and would prefer that the earlier formulation, “the question of the participation . . .” remained.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Kissinger Office Files, Box 70, Country Files, Europe, Exchange of Notes Between Dobrynin and Kissinger, Vol. 8. No classification marking.↩
- Printed below. Telegram 3810 from Cairo, December 5, transmitted Fahmi’s proposal to Washington. Eilts stated that the Foreign Minister had explained that these six principles should be the basis for convening the peace conference. (Ibid., NSC Files, Box 639, Country Files, Middle East, Arab Republic of Egypt, Vol. X, Nov. 73–Dec. 31, 1973) In telegram 3828 from Cairo, December 6, the Ambassador noted that Fahmi had strongly implied that the revised language in paragraph 3 specifying that the Secretary General or his representative would participate in the conference and not just the opening phase was necessary because of Syria’s insistence. (Ibid.)↩
- The letter is not attached and not found. Kissinger and Dobrynin discussed the Egyptian letter at 8:18 and 8:22 p.m. (National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, Kissinger Telephone Conversations, Transcripts (Telcons), Chronological File, Box 24)↩