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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UN Humanitarian staff withdrawn from Baghdad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


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