ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 08, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Day's events pertaining to the Persian Gulf crisis reviewed.
(Geneva: John McWethy) Background to tomorrow's meeting in Geneva between Secretary of State James Baker and Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz featured; scenes shown. [AZIZ - says Iraq does not yield to pressure, but is open to exchange of views about the region.] Baker's position on an unconditional pullout from Kuwait cited; scenes shown of him meeting across Europe with key members of the coalition against Iraq. Possibility that French President Francois Mitterrand will send his foreign minister to Iraq if the Baker-Aziz talks fail to reach a settlement noted; issues of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories and the January 15 deadline mentioned. [BAKER - says France and United States remain unified; hopes for peaceful, political solution.] Baker's message to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that he better make a deal with someone or face a war with the United States explained. The diplomatic "feel" in Geneva tonight discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from United Nations officials that UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar will go to Iraq this weekend if Baker-Aziz talks fail reported.