November 28, 1988 |
The State Department's decision to block the visit of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to the United Nations revived accusations Sunday that Washington is meddling in the affairs of the international organization in violation of a 1947 agreement. Francois Giuliani, a spokesman for U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, said in New York that Perez de Cuellar has asked the organization's legal counsel to review the State Department's denial of a visa for Arafat.
November 27, 1988 |
The Reagan Administration, citing national security concerns, announced Saturday that it has denied Yasser Arafat a visa to enter the United States to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Thursday when it opens debate on Palestinian issues. In a statement explaining the decision by Secretary of State George P.
November 15, 1988 |
Secretary of State George P. Shultz called on U.S. allies in Latin America on Monday to abandon their taboo against intervening in each others' affairs and to join the United States in putting diplomatic pressure on leftist-ruled Nicaragua. "The time is right for a new diplomacy, a diplomacy based on democratic solidarity and on the aggressive advocacy of democracy by democratic states," Shultz told the general assembly of the Organization of American States.
November 11, 1988 |
The upsurge in guerrilla violence here, including a rocket attack on the site where the Organization of American States meeting will be held next week, has raised such serious security concerns that the State Department has considered canceling Secretary of State George P. Shultz's appearance at the group's opening session on Monday.
October 7, 1988 |
Secretary of State George P. Shultz on Thursday bluntly told self-appointed negotiators trying to cut a deal for the release of American hostages in Lebanon to "butt out." Speaking to a news conference at the United Nations, Shultz insisted that the United States has not engaged in direct talks with Iran about the nine American hostages or any other subject. And, he reiterated, the Reagan Administration will make no deal to get the hostages out.
October 4, 1988 |
The Iraqi government will obey international laws against the use of poison gas in its campaign to suppress Kurdish rebels, Iraqi Foreign Minister Tarik Aziz assured Secretary of State George P. Shultz on Monday. State Department spokesman Charles Redman said the U.S. government "welcomes this clear statement of Iraqi policy."
September 24, 1988 |
The United States and the Soviet Union, completing two days of negotiations here, said Friday that some progress in arms control and human rights issues had been achieved but that there were no major breakthroughs or even modest interim agreements. Efforts to reach formal agreement on two minor issues related to limiting strategic arms--considered possible when the sessions opened--failed instead, Secretary of State George P. Shultz announced.
September 17, 1988 |
Secretary of State George P. Shultz, denouncing Israelis and Palestinians alike for intransigence, said Friday that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is too dangerous to continue much longer but that neither side can impose a settlement without compromising with the other. In a speech to the staunchly pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Shultz ridiculed solutions proposed by right-wing Israeli politicians and by the Palestine Liberation Organization.
September 9, 1988 |
Secretary of State George P. Shultz, in a stern lecture to a visiting high-level Iraqi official, said Thursday there is conclusive evidence that Iraq violated international law by using poison gas to rout Kurdish rebels in the remote northern part of the country. State Department spokesman Charles Redman, briefing reporters on Shultz's meeting with Iraqi Minister of State Saddoun Hamadi, said Iraq's use of chemical weapons was "abhorrent and unjustifiable."
August 20, 1988 |
Declaring that "this journey is a journey in sorrow," Secretary of State George P. Shultz arrived here Friday to mourn the death of President Zia ul-Haq, one of the United States' closest allies, and to encourage Pakistan's new leadership to maintain its commitment to constitutional democracy. Shultz told reporters he will stress during meetings today with new President Ghulam Ishaq Khan that the U.S. commitment to Pakistan will not die with its longest-serving military ruler.