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Persian Gulf Crisis / Diplomacy #131534

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jan 04, 1991
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Agreement by Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz to meet with Secretary of State James Baker for talks on January 9 in Geneva reported.

(Baghdad: Sheila MacVicar) Reaction of Iraq to American proposal for talks between the two countries featured; scenes shown from Iraqi state- controlled TV. [In Baghdad, IRAQI - hopes for peace.] [America's top diplomat in Iraq, Joe WILSON - says talk is better than war.]

(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.

(White House: Ann Compton) Reaction of President Bush to Iraq's acceptance of offer to talk featured. [On White House lawn, BUSH - answers questions about Baker's mission.] Suggestion from United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar that there may be one more Security Council meeting prior to the January 15 deadline noted.

(Studio: Carole Simpson) Bush reported stating that Baker will not meet with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein after his meeting with Aziz. Report introduced.

(State Department: John McWethy) Background to next week's Baker- Aziz meeting reviewed; significance explained of Bush's statements that Iraq would not be attacked if its troops withdrew from Kuwait and that Palestinian question would not be linked.

(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.

(Luxembourg: Barrie Dunsmore) Meeting of European Community foreign ministers to discuss Persian Gulf crisis featured; scenes shown from Luxembourg. [British foreign minister Douglas HURD - states European position.] [Luxembourg foreign minister Jacques POOS - (thru translator) says community reaffirms its commitment to settle other problems in region.]

Compton, Ann;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
MacVicar, Sheila;
McWethy, John;
Simpson, Carole

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