December 8, 1991 |
A convoy of heavy trucks, their cargoes shrouded by tarpaulins, lined a road in the fenced duty-free zone east of the Jordanian refinery center at Zarqa recently. Many of the big rigs bore Iraqi license plates. On the Baghdad-Zarqa-Amman highway, tankers rolled westward through the desert, bringing in Iraqi crude oil. Diplomats in the Jordanian capital report that Iraqi trucks have been spotted around the southern port of Aqaba.
June 19, 1993 |
President Clinton pressed Jordan's King Hussein on Friday to enforce trade sanctions against Iraq and be "very tough on them." Their meeting came just two days after newly declassified documents showed that Jordan provided military help to Baghdad during the Persian Gulf War. Clinton made clear to Hussein that the sanctions are "incredibly important to the United States and we'll continue to press to see that sanctions are enforced," White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers said.
August 17, 1990 |
President Bush, after an emergency meeting Thursday with Jordan's King Hussein, said he was "very pleased" by a renewed Jordanian pledge to honor the U.N. embargo against Iraq, but Administration officials privately expressed fear that the king may still help Iraq obtain basic foodstuffs and other vital material. King Hussein, whose country is economically dependent on neighboring Iraq, has been a reluctant supporter of the U.N. sanctions from the beginning.
February 17, 1991
QUESTION: Is Jordan's King Hussein siding with Saddam Hussein? ANSWER: The Jordanian monarch has been trying to walk a difficult diplomatic tightrope of neutrality. In an impassioned Feb. 6 address to his nation, he expressed the strongest possible sympathy and support for the Iraqi people, particularly the civilians enduring relentless bombardment and critical shortages of food, fuel, heat and water.
September 15, 1990
The U.N. sanctions against Iraq and the multinational armada enforcing them have succeeded in stopping virtually all of Iraq's exports of oil as well as most imports of bulk items. Smaller cargoes are harder to stop, and a complete halt to smuggling would be impossible. Some countries that are sympathetic to Iraq have already flown in food and medicines, permitted for "humanitarian purposes" under the U.N. resolution.
August 24, 1990 |
The government of Jordan took its first public, if tentative, step Thursday toward complying with a U.N. trade embargo on Iraq by asking for $2 billion in compensation for direct and indirect costs of cutting off commerce with its next-door neighbor. The United Nations set up a special committee in New York to consider Jordan's request for aid. "Jordan is a special case and needs particular help," said Crispin Tickell, the British ambassador to the United Nations, in a report from New York.