US embassy cable - 88BAGHDAD1369

IRAQ HALTS WAR OF THE CITIES

Identifier: 88BAGHDAD1369
Wikileaks: View 88BAGHDAD1369 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Baghdad
Created: 1988-03-10 11:27:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL MOPS IZ IR
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
O 101127Z MAR 88
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 6545
INFO GULF WAR COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE 0272
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 01369 
 
E.O. 12356: DECL:OADR 
TAGS:  PREL, MOPS, IZ, IR 
SUBJECT:  IRAQ HALTS WAR OF THE CITIES 
 
1.  (CONFIDENTIAL-ENTIRE TEXT) 
 
2.  MFA SENIOR UNDERSECRETARY ZIHAWI CALLED IN 
AMBASSADORS OF FIVE PERMANENT MEMBERS AT 1330 
MARCH 10 TO ANNOUNCE IRAQ LEADERSHIP'S DECISION TO 
HALT ATTACKS ON IRANIAN CITIES.  A PUBLIC ANNOUNCE- 
MENT IS TO BE MADE SHORTLY, PROBABLY ON THE 1430 
LOCAL NEWS.  ZIHAWI CONCEDED THAT IF IRAN DID NOT 
STOP, IRAQ WOULD BE FORCED TO RESUME. 
 
3.  ZIHAWI SAID THAT THE DECISION WAS MADE SOME 
TIME AGO (NOTE: PRESUMABLY A REFERENCE TO TOP LEVEL RE- 
VIEW UNDERSECRETARY HAMDOON SAID WAS BEING CONDUCTED 
SEVERAL DAYS AGO).  IT WAS NOT, ZIHAWI UNDERLINED, 
IN RESPONSE TO THE INITIATIVE OF ANY OUTSIDE PARTY. 
 
4.  ZIHAWI CONCLUDED BY EMPHASIZING RESPONSIBILITY 
OF THE FIVE TO PROCEED IMMEDIATELY BY PASSING AN 
ARMS ENFORCEMENT AGAINST IRAN IN THE FORM OF AN 
ARMS EMBARGO. 
 
5.  ON THE WAY OUT THE SOVIET AMBASSADOR ASKED THE 
AMBASSADOR WHY IRAQ WAS STOPPED.  THE AMBASSADOR 
RESPONDED THAT PERHAPS THE SOVIET UNCON SHOULD GET 
SOME CREDIT SINCE IT HAS PROPOSED SUCH AN UNWELCOME 
RESOLUTION IN NEW YORK. 
 
6.  COMMENT: IRAQ IS ENDING WITH A FLOURISH SINCE IT 
CLAIMS TO HAVE FIRED FOUR MISSILES IN THE LAST 24 
HOURS (1800, 2250, 0534, AND 1230).  THE LAST 
IRANIAN MISSILE WAS 0941 MARCH 9. 
 
 
NEWTON 

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