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Persian Gulf War / Bush Ultimatum / Soviet Initiative #133290

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 22, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Eclipse of Soviet-Iraqi plan for getting out of Kuwait by ultimatum from President Bush to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reported; seven coalition demands outlined on screen.

(White House: Brit Hume) Background to Bush's ultimatum reviewed. [BUSH - says Hussein must begin immediate withdrawal by noon Saturday.] Bush's telephone conversation with President Mikhail Gorbachev mentioned. [White House spokesman Marlin FITZWATER - talks about United Nations resolutions and what is in ultimatum for Saddam.] Reasons for acceleration of events in last 36 hours reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from Iraq's ruling revolutionary command council in reply to Bush's ultimatum reported; scenes shown from Baghdad of spokesman reading it by flashlight. Report introduced.

(Moscow: Jim Laurie) Soviet attempt to narrow differences between US demands and what Iraqis will accept examined; tenets of Soviet and United States plans compared on screen. [Presidential spokesman Vitaly IGNATENKO - (thru translator) comments.] Efforts by Soviets to head off a ground war noted. [Deputy presidential spokesman Sergei GRIGORIEV - says an ultimatum always humiliates.] [Foreign ministry spokesman Vitaly CHURKIN - states Soviet position.] Likelihood that Soviet efforts will fail unless there is give in Iraqi or United States positions noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings; State Department: John McWethy) Reasons for administration's bypassing of Soviet initiative, though the Soviets and Iraqis are continuing talks, discussed.

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

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