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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Agreement by European Community leaders not to send representatives of individual countries to Iraq to try to get release of nationals held hostages there reported. Reports introduced.
(Paris: Jim Laurie) Soviet-led initiatives to head off war in the Persian Gulf and get Iraq out of Kuwait examined; scenes shown of President Mikhail Gorbachev arriving in Paris for talks with French President Francois Mitterrand and of USSR envoy Yevgeny Primakov meeting with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein today. [Soviet foreign minister Eduard SHEVARDNADZE - (thru translator) says we are not talking compromise.]
(State Department: David Ensor) Reasons behind Soviet mediation effort in Persian Gulf examined. [Brookings Institution Judith KIPPER - says Soviets have told Hussein to withdraw or be defeated.] [Washington Institute for Near East Policy John HANNAH - says if Soviet citizens in Iraq were killed by American bombers it would cause political problems for Gorbachev; adds that Soviets fear any incident could spark its own Moslem population.] President Bush's administration noted refusing to allow Hussein a face-saving withdrawal.
- Ensor, David;
- Laurie, Jim;
- Simpson, Carole
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