August 8, 1989 |
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze said Monday that Iran is showing a new realism in its attitude toward the Afghan conflict, and he expressed hope that Pakistan will join negotiations for a settlement. He told the Afghan news agency Bakhtar that Iran, which like Pakistan has provided bases for thousands of Muslim rebels, has adopted a "wholly positive attitude" on the problem of Afghanistan.
August 7, 1989 |
A Soviet diplomat on Sunday said Moscow has joined in the flurry of diplomatic maneuvering to try to free Western hostages held by Shiite extremists who continue to insist that Israel release a Muslim cleric it seized. The Soviet ambassador in Beirut, Vasily I. Kolotusha, said in a statement issued Sunday that "efforts to settle the hostage issue have been essentially pushed forward."
August 3, 1989 |
In a dramatic test of new Soviet-American contacts aimed at combatting terrorism, the United States has asked the Kremlin for its help in determining the status of American and other Western hostages held by militant Muslims in Lebanon, informed sources said here Wednesday. The request, which follows the reported killing of an American hostage Monday and a threat to kill another one today, was made at a hastily called meeting Wednesday between Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A.
August 11, 1989
An official Iraqi newspaper, referring to Soviet military assistance to Iran, warned that Tehran might restart the Persian Gulf War. "Do the rulers in Tehran intend to launch a new aggression, particularly since they are not facing any real pressure from the big powers to implement U.N. Security Council (peace) resolution 598?" the Al Thawra daily asked. "Such an intention is not improbable, especially because the nature of the Tehran regime . . . is based on the principle of aggression."
November 6, 1987 |
Another attempt by U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar to arrange a truce in the Persian Gulf War appears to have failed, deepening a conviction shared by diplomats and Arab officials that no early end is in sight to the seven-year-old conflict between Iran and Iraq. This, in turn, poses difficult questions for the United States. Its naval forces in the gulf appear increasingly to be mired in a conflict they can neither end nor withdraw from without seriously damaging U.S.