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Persian Gulf War / Diplomacy / USSR -Iraq Proposal / Saddam Hussein's Speech #133284

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 21, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's radio speech today quoted. Report introduced.

(Moscow: Jim Laurie) Meeting of Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss Saddam's answer about withdrawing unconditionally from Kuwait featured; scenes shown from Moscow; details given of reasons for pessimism about hopes for peace.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(State Department: John McWethy) Questions of Iraqi strategy re: their negotiations with the Soviets examined; details given of President Bush's administration's concern about role of United Nations Security Council.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Bill Blakemore) Hussein's radio speech today examined; scenes shown of his meeting last night with Aziz and his revolutionary command council and of allied air raids over Baghdad.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Soviet briefing to press about Gorbachev- Aziz meeting reported beginning.

(White House: Brit Hume) Clarification given of administration's criteria of conditions for peace; United Nations resolutions, the withdrawal issue and Hussein's postwar powers mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Moscow: Jim Laurie) Return to press briefing by Gorbachev's spokesman Vitaly Ignatenko; scenes shown; points of agreement between USSR and Iraq outlined.

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Moscow: Jim Laurie; White House: Brit Hume) Reaction of Bush administration to point that Iraq would withdraw from Kuwait on the second day after a cease-fire discussed. Administration's position that Iraq must agree to "all" of the United Nations resolutions, not just withdrawal, explained.

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

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