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12/2/98 Iraq supports Russian proposal aimed at ending stand off, compromise. USA refuses to accept offer Jordan will close borders to Iraqi refugees in event of war. halts proIraqi demos Iran new alliance with Iraq which has offered to reduce its support for Iranian opposition. USA revealed that law in USA prevents inspections of weapon sites. “Saddam Hussein has registered the same exceptions” as the USA can legally claim. Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium all offer use of their air bases to USA. Holland sending frigate to gulf (report denied by Dutch PM) Pope opposed to any armed conflict 13/2/98 GB offers special arrangements for UNSCOM inspections agrees to food for oil increase Jordan opposition groups protest about USA/GB 15/2/98 USA Clinton trying to popularise idea of war. ““Nyet” is not “no” tp the USA in these circumstances” he says, however, Congress refused to vote on the issue. GB releases dossier of alleged abuses by SH’ regime. Back Kofi Annan’s compromise mission.Extra inspectors (nonGB or USA) to accompany UNSCOM. China still refuses to back strikes 16/2/98 Kofi Annan expected to fly to Baghdad. Russia, China and France reassert opposition to strikes 17/2/98 Kofi Annan fails to get Sec Council to endorse his persoanl visit to Baghdad French say diplomatic solution w/in reach Russia, Britain, France propose ad hoc group from UNSCOM to inpect palaces, maybe with diplomats or other nonUNSCOM technicians. 18/2/98 Clinton/USA favours diplomatic solution but only if UNSCOM get unfettered access/inspection rights Kofi Annan to visit Baghdad China and Russia issue further joint statement against use of force. GB Houses of Commons motion- 493 back govt, 25 oppose. Cook- food for oil will increase and will press for new UN resolution backing air strikes BAhrain rejects air strikes. Palestine suggestion that military attack would provoke further troubles on West Bank 19/2/98 Holland San Francisco protest about sanctions 20/2/98 Clinton trys to respond to US criticism of air strikes UN Humanitarian staff withdrawn from Baghdad GB worried about public perception of their role in Gulf -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email firstname.lastname@example.org, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html