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Iraq / Hostages / Bush / Diplomacy #130552

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 30, 1990
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) As yet unfulfilled promise from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to release women and children hostages noted.

(Baghdad: Forrest Sawyer) Hostages in Iraq featured; scenes shown from hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, where Western and Japanese hostages are being held. [Former Peace Corps worker Beth KREKELER, British WOMAN, another WOMAN - comment.]

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Reaction of State Department to delay in letting women and children leave reported. [State Department spokeswoman Margaret TUTWILER - says Iraqi promises have been followed by new restrictions.] Rounding up of British and Japanese nationals noted. Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) President Bush's news conference to discuss the financial cost of the campaign against Iraq featured. [BUSH - says financial burden must be shared by others, such as Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, West Germany.] [In response to question from "Houston Chronicle"'s Cragg HINES, BUSH - talks about burden- sharing without appearing to be a mercenary force.] White House view of Hussein as a man set on staying in Kuwait detailed.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(State Department: John McWethy) Diplomatic moves featured; scenes shown of arrival of United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar in Jordan for tomorrow's meeting with Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz to express United Nations view that Iraq should get out of Kuwait and release all hostages featured; scenes shown. [PEREZ de Cuellar - says it is an exchange of views, not negotiation.] [British foreign secretary Douglas HURD - doubts Iraqis will comply with United Nations resolutions.] Deep divisions in Arab world noted shown by absence of half of the invited countries to a meeting in Egypt.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze reported calling on Arab nations to work harder on a diplomatic settlement in the Persian Gulf. Coverage of Hussein's use of television on tonight's "PrimeTime Live" previewed.

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
McWethy, John;
Sawyer, Forrest

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