Issue 357 - 06 Mar 1989
The high ground of Middle East diplomacy has been firmly captured by the Soviet Union as a, result of its current drive to inject new life into the stalemated regional peace process. Eduard Shevardnadze, the Soviet Foreign Minister, prefaced his recently-concluded tour of five key Middle East countries with a detailed statement setting out Moscow's views on the need to accelerate the process and making, specific proposals to set the machinery in motion for reaching a comprehensive political settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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