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Persian Gulf War / Diplomacy / USSR Peace Plan #133235

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 19, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) Rejection by President George Bush of President Mikhail Gorbachev's peace plan featured. [BUSH - says plan falls short.] [Secretary of Defense Dick CHENEY - says United States is concerned a cease-fire would allow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to resupply and reorganize his forces.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff operations director Lieutenant General Thomas KELLY - expresses concern about Hussein's power after a withdrawal.] Bush's position on Hussein reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings; State Department: John McWethy) Bush administration's response to the Soviet proposal further discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Jim Laurie) Soviet policy with regard to the gulf region reviewed; tenets outlined on screen. [Soviet foreign minister Aleksandr BESSMERTNYKH - comments on Bush's rejection of plan; warns against a ground war before Iraq has responded to Soviet plan.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Political relationship of USSR and Iraq in 1970s and 1980s reviewed. [Columbia University's Robert LEGVOLD - analyzes Gorbachev's motives with regard to Iraq; compares policies of United States and USSR in the region.] Russian federation president Boris Yeltsin noted calling for Gorbachev's resignation.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Interview held with network's Middle East expert. [National security analyst Anthony CORDESMAN - speculates on what would happen if United States launched a ground war and Hussein then announced he would leave Kuwait.] Findings of ABC News poll on the Soviet diplomatic initiative and on public support for the war given.

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Laurie, Jim;
McWethy, John

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