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ACCESSION NUMBER:297931
FILE ID:NEA211
DATE:08/03/93
TITLE:U.S. "WILL NOT TURN ITS BACK" ON REPRESSED COMMUNITIES IN IRAQ (08/03/93)
TEXT:*93080311.NEA Clinton/lantos/kurds letter yb rm
*NEA211   08/03/93
U.S. "WILL NOT TURN ITS BACK" ON REPRESSED COMMUNITIES IN IRAQ
(Text: Clinton 8/2/93 letter to Lantos on Kurds, Shia)  (470)
Washington -- President Clinton says his administration "will not turn its
back on the Kurds, Shia and other Iraqi communities subjected to the
repression of Saddam Hussein's regime."
In a letter to U.S. Representative Tom Lantos, the president said the United
States will insist on Iraqi compliance with United Nations Security Council
resolutions, while continuing its support of humanitarian relief efforts in
Iraq, and "will remain constant in its support for a government
representing all of the people of Iraq and which is committed to the
territorial integrity and unity of Iraq."
Following is the text of President Clinton's letter, dated August 2:
(BEGIN TEXT)
I share the concerns that you and your colleagues expressed in your recent
letter regarding the situation in Iraq.  My administration will not turn
its back on the Kurds, Shia and other Iraqi communities subjected to the
repression of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Our policy toward Iraq is clear.  Our action of June 26 against the Iraqi
intelligence and terrorism apparatus that targeted George Bush underscored
our determination to deal firmly with Iraqi aggression.  We also insist on
full Iraqi compliance with all the UN Security Council resolutions,
including resolution 688 which demands an end to the repression of the
Iraqi people.  That resolution highlighted the plight of the Iraqi Kurds.
Since 1991, coalition aircraft have enforced a no-fly zone in northern
Iraq.  The no-fly zone has deterred Iraq from mounting a large-scale
offensive against the Kurds and other inhabitants.  The Turkish parliament
has just extended the mandate for that force with our full support.
We continue to support humanitarian relief operations in Iraq.  We organized
a donors conference in Geneva this spring to help rally more international
aid for the Iraqi people suffering from Saddam's internal economic
blockades.  We are also seeking additional deposits in the UN escrow
account, established by UN resolution 778, which funds UN operations
including relief efforts in Iraq.  In addition, we are working to promote
the sale of $1.6 billion in Iraqi oil, proceeds of which would be used to
purchase food, medicine, and materials for the essential needs of the Iraqi
people.
At my request, Vice President Gore met with Iraqi opposition leaders
representing all elements of Iraqi society in May.  Kurdish leaders Jalal
Talabani and Masoud Barzani were part of the delegation from the Iraq
National Congress.  I assure you that the United States will remain
constant in its support for a government representing all of the people of
Iraq and which is committed to the territorial integrity and unity of Iraq.
(END TEXT)
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