US embassy cable - 90BAGHDAD3306

IRAN-IRAQ

Identifier: 90BAGHDAD3306
Wikileaks: View 90BAGHDAD3306 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Baghdad
Created: 1990-06-07 13:19:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL IR IZ
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
R 071319Z JUN 90
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 4120
INFO GULFWAR COLLECTIVE
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 03306 
 
E.O. 12356: DECL:OADR 
TAGS: PREL, IR, IZ 
SUBJECT: IRAN-IRAQ 
 
REF: (A) USUN 1615, (B) FBIS LD0606090990 
 
1.  CONFIDENTIAL - ENTIRE TEXT. 
 
2.  THE IRAQI MEDIA JUNE 7 HAS NOT REACTED TO 
RAFSANJANI'S JUNE 6 INTERVIEW IN WHICH HE 
COMMENTS INTER ALIA ON THE POSSIBILITY OF 
A MEETING WITH SADDAM (TEHRAN RADIO VERSION 
IN REF B).  IN SUMMARY, RAFSANJANI SAID THE 
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH A MEETING WILL DEPEND ON 
NEGOTIATIONS AT THE EXPERT LEVEL AND "UNDER 
THE SUPERVISION" OF THE SYG (TEHRAN RADIO) OR 
"IN CONSULTATION WITH" THE SECRETARY GENERAL 
(IRANIAN NEWS SERVICE). 
 
3.  RAFSANJANI(AND OTHER SENIOR IRANIANS EARLIER) 
ALSO COMPLAINS ABOUT THE BAGHDAD SUMMIT COMMUNIQUE 
REMARKS ON IRAN.  THE IRAQI MFA HAS TOLD US THAT 
IT DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THIS ADVERSE IRANIAN REACTION, 
SINCE THE COMMUNIQUE SIMPLY REITERATED THE LANGUAGE 
OF THE CASABLANCA COMMUNIQUE, ADDING ONLY REFERENCE 
TO SADDAM'S RECENT "MESSAGE OF PEACE" TO IRAN. 
 
4.  ON JUNE 6, THE PALESTINIAN "AMBASSADOR" TO 
IRAQ (FATAH) CONFIDED TO THE DUTCH AMBASSADOR THAT 
THE FIRST SADDAM LETTER HAD BEEN CARRIED BY AN ARAFAT 
EMISSARY TO TEHRAN.  RAFSANJANI'S RESPONSE HAD 
BEEN HANDED BY THE IRANIAN OIL MINISTER TO HIS 
IRAQI COUNTERPART AT AN OPEC MEETING.  THE SECOND 
SADDAM LETTER, HE ASSERTED, HAD ALSO MOVED DIRECTLY 
FROM AN IRAQI TO AN IRANIAN. 
 
5.  WITHOUT MAKING CLEAR WHETHER HE HAD SEEN THE 
LETTER HIMSELF, THE PALESTINIAN SAID THAT 
SADDAM'S FIRST MESSAGE HAD INVITED IRAN TO 
LOOK TOWARD REESTABLISHING RELATIONS THROUGH 
DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS AT THE SUMMIT, WITH AN 
OPEN AGENDA, AND HAD NOTED THAT LIKE IRAN, IRAQ 
IS THREATENED BY ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES. 
 
6.  FINALLY, THE PALESTINIAN CLAIMED THAT AN ARAFAT 
ENVOY IS EVEN NOW CARRYING A PLO LETTER TO 
RAFSANJANI, BUT THAT ARAFAT WOULD HIMSELF GO TO 
TEHRAN ONLY IF TANGIBLE RESULTS OF MEDIATION WERE 
IMMINENT; E.G., ON A POW EXCHANGE OR TO FIX 
A DATE FOR IRAN-IRAQ TALKS. 
 
7.  COMMENT:  WE HAVE NOTED PRESS REPORTS THAT 
ARAFAT IS NOT/NOT WELCOME IN TEHRAN NOR IS HIS 
MEDIATION.  WE ALSO NOTE SPECULATION THAT 
THE OMANIS HAVE BEEN CARRYING THE MESSAGES.  WE 
CANNOT EVALUATE THE PALESTINIAN'S COMMENTS, ALTHOUGH 
WHY HE WOULD FABRICATE ALL THIS TO IMPRESS THE 
DUTCH AMBASSADOR IS DIFFICULT TO FATHOM. 
 
 
GLASPIE 

Latest source of this page is cablebrowser-2, released 2011-10-04