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Re: Kuwaiti hostages

> > Again, it was confirmed that although "suspension" and/or "partial lifting" of sanctions is
> > discussed within the U.N., sanctions cannot be LIFTED until this issue is resolved,

For many of us fighting sanctions this is not at all an acceptable line 
to take. A whole people should not be punished with death, misery 
and starvation in order to exert political pressure especially on what 
seems to be a dictatorship. It may well be that about one million of 
some 20 million Iraqis have died as a result of the 'Gulf Slaughter' 
and the comprehensive sanctions.

Iraq and Iran have still not returned all their prisoners/hostages from 
their conflict but progress has been made after bilateral talks.

I remember being surprised that there was almost never a mention 
of the 605 Kuwaiti hostages in our media and Government 
statements. I am glad that you and others are pressing hard for their 
release but I suspect that the 605 are a very low priority for them 
and are only being used as an excuse by the US/UK to prolong 
sanctions on Iraq.

In my own view, the best method of resolving problems is 'jaw-jaw 
and not war-war'. You ought to pressure our Government and others 
to enter into dialogue with the Iraqi Government even if only on this 
very important issue.

Mark Parkinson
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