US embassy cable - 90BAGHDAD4397 (original version)

IRAQI INCURSION ACROSS KUWAITI BORDER (original version)

Identifier: 90BAGHDAD4397
Wikileaks: View 90BAGHDAD4397 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Baghdad
Created: 1990-08-02 04:11:00
Classification: SECRET
Tags: PREL IZ KU AS
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O 020411Z AUG 90
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO SECSTATE WASHDC NIACT IMMEDIATE 4708
AMEMBASSY KUWAIT NIACT IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY RIYADH IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY CAIRO IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY DOHA IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY MANAMA IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY AMMAN IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY MUSCAT IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS IMMEDIATE
S E C R E T BAGHDAD 04397 
 
E.O. 12356: DECL:OADR 
TAGS:  PREL IZ KU, AS 
SUBJECT: IRAQI INCURSION ACROSS KUWAITI BORDER 
 
REF:  (A) STATE 253201  (B) WILSON/MACK 
TELECON  (C)  WILSON/CHARLES TELECON 
 
 
1.  (S-ENTIRE TEXT) 
 
2.  WE HAVE TRIED REPEATEDLY SINCE 0630 LOCAL 
TO REACH SENIOR MFA OFFICIALS, INCLUDING 
FOREIGN MINISTER AZIZ.  UNDERSECRETARY HAMDUN 
IS APPARENTLY NOT AT HOME SINCE NOBODY ANSWERS 
HIS HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER.  THE FOREIGN 
MINISTRY DUTY OFFICER IS AWARE OF OUR INTEREST 
IN TALKING TO THE MINISTER, AND WE ARE REMIND- 
ING THEM  EVERY TEN MINUTES.  AT 0710 LOCAL WE 
WERE TOLD THAT BOTH HAMDUN AND THE FOREIGN 
MINISTER WERE IN A MEETING. 
 
3.  EMBASSY HAS SET UP A CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM. 
EMBASSY TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE:  7196138/9, 
7189265, 7189267, 7193791, 7189273.  SECURITY 
LINE IS EXTENSION 286. 
 
4.  IRAQI PRESS THIS MORNING MAKES NO MENTION 
OF INCURSION.  IRAQI PRESS COVERAGE OF THE 
KUWAIT/IRAQ  TALKS ARE CRITICAL OF KUWAIT'S 
UNCOMPROMISING POSITION, BUT DO NOT IN ANY 
WAY SUGGEST THAT THE GOI IS CONSIDERING THE 
MILITARY OPTION. 
 
 
WILSON 

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