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UN Secretary General to Announce Ceasefire
[Diary of a Vengeance Foretold] Part 31 - Aug. 2, 1988
Ludwig De Braeckeleer (ludwig)     Print Article 
Published 2008-08-03 04:29 (KST)   

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Monday, Aug. 2, 1988

"I express deep regret at the mission's conclusion that chemical weapons continue to be used against Iranian forces and positions."
--Javier Perez de Cuellar, UN Secretary General

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United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar said that he would declare a ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq war. He added that he will decide on the date based on the recommendations of a military mission sent by the UN to the Persian Gulf region.

Tehran officials have apparently already decided that they would respect the ceasefire, thus leaving Baghdad with the responsibility to end the war.

Two experts, appointed by the UN, have produced a report that accuses Iraq of using chemical weapons on "an intense and frequent scale." The report states that there is no doubt that Iranians were poisoned by mustard gas last June.

Middle East News

King Hussein of Jordan's decision to abandon his claim to the Israeli-occupied West Bank has thrown American Middle East policy into disarray. Yet, the White House is reluctant to acknowledge the fact.

"The King's moves are the final nail in the coffin of any possibility of making progress with the [US Secretary of State George P.] Shultz initiative prior to the elections here and in Israel," said Representative Stephen J. Solarz, Democrat of Brooklyn.

"The King's statement does not alter our approach to peace in the Middle East. Our policy is not changed in any way by this action," said Marlin Fitzwater, the White House spokesman.

In exchange for direct talks with Arafat, the US administration demands, the Palestine Liberation Organization has "to renounce terrorism, to recognize Israel's right to exist and to accept the United Nations resolutions that establish a framework for peace in the Middle East."

A spokesperson for the Dukakis campaign said that the Democrat candidate agrees with those conditions for dealing with the PLO.

"Those requirements are pointless, a silly exercise, and nobody takes them seriously. They are just meaningless formulas having a ritual purpose, to delay the full face-to-face political encounter between Palestinians and Israelis that eventually has to occur," professor Edward W. Said told reporters.

Back to the Present

Reuters has reported that US and Libyan negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on the outstanding compensation issues between the two countries, including the final portion of the $10 million payable to the family of each Lockerbie victim.

"The deal has been structured to respect Libyan sensitivities about making a large payout to compensate victims of incidents for which it has not taken responsibility. By careful orchestration of these steps we can ultimately provide that these claimants would receive what are really unprecedented payouts," a senior official explained.

"U.N. Chief Says He Will Declare a Cease-Fire in the Iran-Iraq War," Aug. 2, 1988.


Ludwig De Braeckeleer has a Ph.D. in nuclear sciences. Ludwig teaches physics and international humanitarian law. He blogs on "The GaiaPost."
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