Iraq scorns Security Council resolution

October 14, 1990|By Gilbert A. Lewthwaite | Gilbert A. Lewthwaite,Sun Staff Correspondent

AMMAN, Jordan -- Iraq condemned the United Nations Security Council resolution on Israel as "shameful" yesterday, while Egypt joined Britain in rejecting the direct linkage President Saddam Hussein is seeking between the the Persian Gulf crisis and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

"The resolution is another of the double standards of the United States and its allies vis-a-vis the situation in the region," said Iraqi Foreign Minister Tareq Azziz, feeling that the U.N. reaction to the slaying of Palestinians last week in Jerusalem was too soft.

Mr. Azziz, arriving here for talks with King Hussein and to deliver a message from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, said the U.N. resolution "strengthens a known Arab perception that to the United States and its Western allies, Arab blood is less important than the oil they want to control."

The Palestine Liberation Organization said that the resolution should have criticized Israel's government, not just Israeli security forces.

The PLO wanted the Security Council to mandate a mission of inquiry into the shooting. The resolution left it to Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar to send a mission.

The PLO also wanted the resolution to offer protection to Palestinians in the West Bank and to recognize the need for a Middle Eastern peace conference.

"It [the resolution] will be received with great disappointment in the PLO and popular anger in the occupied territories and elsewhere," said a PLO spokesman in Tunis.

Another PLO official, Yasser Abed Rabbo, accused the United States of preventing the Security Council from adopting a strong anti-Israeli resolution. "The United States is responsible for this blocking," he said.

The Egyptian position against direct linkage of the region's problems helped Western nations counter fears that the slaying of Palestinians by Israeli security forces last week could undermine Arab commitment to the anti-Iraqi coalition.

President Hosni Mubarak and British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd agreed at a meeting in Cairo on the need for an unconditional Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait and restoration of the country's government.

The two leaders also agreed that Iraqi withdrawal should lead to a new effort to persuade Israel to talk to the Palestinians. "Their positions are almost identical," said an official who attended the meeting.

Western leaders of the anti-Iraqi coalition have signaled that Mr. Hussein's withdrawal from Kuwait could turn international attention to the issue of Palestinian rights and the Syrian occupation of Lebanon.

Last week, Mr. Hussein tried to exploit the Israeli killings to bolster his case for all Middle Eastern issues to be on the negotiating table.

President Bush rejected Mr. Hussein's suggestion, but he had earlier told the United Nations that an unconditional Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait could lead to "true opportunities" for settlement of regional problems, including Iraq's grievances over oil wealth, its boundary dispute with Kuwait and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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