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Iraq Offers Deal to Quit Kuwait U.S. rejects it, but stays `interested'; [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]

Iraq Offers Deal to Quit Kuwait U.S. rejects it, but stays `interested'; [NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]

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Iraq Offers Deal to Quit Kuwait U.S. rejects it, but stays `interested'; [NASSAU ANDSUFFOLK Edition]
. (Combined editions). Long Island,N.Y.: Jan 3, 1991. pg. 05Iraq has offered to withdraw from Kuwait if the United States pledges not to attack as soldiersare pulled out, if foreign troops leave the region, and if there is agreement on the Palestinianproblem and on the banning of all weapons of mass destruction in the region, U.S. officialsdisclosed yesterday.Although the White House immediately dismissed the proposal as inadequate since it containspreconditions for a pullout, other government officials described it as "interesting" because itdrops previous claims to two Kuwaiti islands and a portion of an oil field, and because it signalsIraqi interest in a negotiated settlement.As the Jan. 15 United Nations deadline approaches for an unconditional Iraqi withdrawal fromKuwait, Iraq has been increasingly adamant in public that it will never pull out.According to a U.S. official, Iraq's proposal was made by Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to hisYugoslav counterpart, Budimir Loncar, who was visiting Baghdad last week in an 11th-hour bidby the Non-Aligned Movement to avert a Gulf war. Both countries are members of the non-aligned bloc.Loncar, according to a U.S. official, "came back with a feeling that there was grounds for anegotiated settlement."A State Department Mideast expert described the proposal as a "serious prenegotiation position."He and others said that while there can be no perceived linkage of a pullout from Kuwait with aninternational agreement on the Palestine issue, European Community officials are workingtoward such an agreement. The European foreign ministers are expected to meet tomorrow todiscuss the settlement of Mideast issues, including the future of the Palestinians, once the Gulf crisis is settled."It's a serious move," said the State Department official of the European initiative. "But it's notlinkage. We can't even think linkage. Any agreement wouldn't even be coincidental {to an Iraqiwithdrawal}. Call it sequential."United States officials have stated repeatedly that there is no connection between Iraq'soccupation of Kuwait and Israel's occupation of territories inhabited by Palestinians. And Israelhas repeatedly rejected the suggestion that outside powers have the right to settle the Palestinianproblem.

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