November 17, 1992 |
Glossing over their mutual suspicions, Turkey, Iran and Syria have closed the door to any independent Kurdish state carved from northern Iraq. But they failed to agree on how to rein in Kurdish dreams of self-rule encouraged by the Persian Gulf War. Analysts here said Monday that a weekend foreign ministers meeting between Turkey and its neighbors was remarkable less for its agreement than for what was not said.
May 15, 1992 |
In recent weeks, it has become painfully apparent that a new chill is descending on the once-thawing U.S.-Syrian relationship. With the Middle East peace talks seemingly going nowhere and the United States leading the drive to enforce United Nations sanctions against Libya, Syria--and other Arab nations--are having second thoughts about the foreign policy of President Bush and the United States.
March 4, 1991 |
Syrian President Hafez Assad, long named by the United States as a major sponsor of terrorism, acted to restrain terrorists from attacking Western targets during the Persian Gulf War after a personal appeal from President Bush, Secretary of State James A. Baker III said Sunday. Other officials said that Iran and even Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi played "a surprisingly responsible role" and apparently urged their allies not to attack American and other Western interests during the war.
February 27, 1991
"Our joy is overflowing. Thanks be to God. The enemy is turning tail," declared a broadcast by the radio of the exiled KUWAITI government. SYRIA blamed Iraq for the ill-fated outcome of its Kuwait invasion. "The rulers of Baghdad cannot deny their responsibility for . . . the catastrophe," the government-run Damascus Radio said. EGYPT was skeptical. Foreign Minister Esmat Abdel Meguid said the war will not end until Iraq accepts all 12 U.N. edicts.
February 16, 1991 |
Iraq's conditional offer of withdrawal from Kuwait was one of the scenarios Arab leaders in the Gulf region have feared most, and they hastened Friday to reject it decisively. Six Arab allies in the anti-Iraq coalition declared the proposal "completely and totally rejected," and officials from Kuwait's government-in-exile went from hugs and jubilant exclamations early in the day to a glum pronouncement, when the conditions became clear, that the proposal offered "nothing new."
February 10, 1991 |
Al Thawra, a state-run newspaper, urged Iraqis to "liquidate" Saddam Hussein, saying the Iraqi president is leading his troops to their deaths because they have no chance against the allies' advanced technology and weapons. Information Minister Mohammed Salman said the editorial represented only the journalist's opinion, not the official Syrian position.