August 30, 1990 |
Faced with mounting shortages, Iraq tried to blow a hole in the U.N. trade blockade Wednesday but Turkey turned down Baghdad's request for food and medicine. Iraq sent one of its top officials, Oil Minister Issam Abdul-Rahim Chalabi, to the Turkish border to appeal for the supplies. "We told them Turkey would abide by the U.N. sanctions to the very last," Turkish State Minister Isin Celebi told reporters following a four-hour meeting on the frontier with the delegation from Iraq.
August 4, 1998 |
Openly flouting the U.N. blockade against Baghdad, Turkey has introduced regulations that, in effect, legalize the import and sale of ever-growing volumes of Iraqi fuel smuggled into this country.
September 27, 1990 |
Turkish President Turgut Ozal said Wednesday that he would commit his nation's army--by far the most potent force on Iraq's border--to an armed struggle against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime if the action is sanctioned by the United Nations. Talking to a small group of reporters, Ozal said Turkey and the rest of the world would be better off if Hussein is not allowed to survive the current Persian Gulf crisis with his army intact.