Tracking Number: 151462
Title: "Update: Gulf Crisis Chronology." (900820)
08/20/90 1Me Bk UPDATE: GULF CRISIS CHRONOLOGY (290)
The following entries update "The Gulf Crisis: A Chronology," carried August 17 as PO507:
The speaker of Iraq's Parliament Sadi Mahdi announces that citizens of "aggressive" nations would not be released until the threat of war against Iraq ends.
The U.N. Security Council, by unanimous vote, adopts Resolution 664 demanding that Iraq "permit and facilitate the immediate departure from Kuwait and Iraq" of foreign nationals. The resolution also demands that Iraq: take no action to jeopardize the safety, security or health of those nationals of third countries; grant immediate and continuing access of consular officials to them; and rescind its orders for the closure of diplomatic and consular missions in Kuwait and withdrawal of the immunity of consular personnel.
Iraqi President Hussein offers to release the detainees if President Bush offers written guarantees that U.S. forces will be withdrawn from Saudi Arabia and an economic boycott against Iraq is ended. He left no doubt that the foreigners would be used as shields. "Their presence, along with Iraqi families, at vital targets may prevent military aggression," he said.
The French government, alarmed by reports about its citizens being sequestered in Baghdad, ordered its fleet in the Gulf region today to use force if necessary to ensure compliance with U.N. sanctions against Iraq.
President Bush calls Iraq's restrictions on "innocent civilians from many countries" unacceptable and an "offense against all norms of international behavior." He urged Iraq's leaders to "release all foreigners now" and "give them the right to come and go as they wish." For the first time since the crisis began, Bush referred to the detained foreigners as "hostages." NNNN
File Identification: 08/20/90, PO-107; 08/20/90, EP-118; 08/20/90, EU-113; 08/20/90, NE-114; 08/21/90, AE-209; 08/21/90, AR-212
Product Name: Wireless File
Product Code: WF
Keywords: IRAQ-US RELATIONS; HOSTAGES; IRAQ-KUWAIT RELATIONS; INVASIONS; HUSSEIN, SADDAM
Document Type: CHR
Thematic Codes: 1NE
Target Areas: EA; EU; NE; AF; AR
PDQ Text Link: 151462
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