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Tracking Number:  172069

Title:  The UN criticized Iraq's release of the transcript of private conversations between Secretary General Perez de Cuellar and President Saddam Hussein. (910211)

Date:  19910211

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02/11/91 1Un Un UNITED NATIONS REPORT, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 (Gulf diplomacy) (260)

U.N. CRITICIZES TRANSCRIPT RELEASE

The United Nations February 11 criticized Iraq's release of the transcript of private conversations between Secretary General Perez de Cuellar and President Saddam Hussein.

Francois Giuliani, the U.N. spokesman, said that the release "goes against the diplomatic process which is based on confidentiality and trust."

Asked about the accuracy of the transcript, which appeared in a Jordanian newspaper, Giuliani said that from what the U.N. had seen, the transcript appeared "rather self- serving."

The United Nations had been working hard to keep Iraq from publishing the purported transcript of the conversation between the two leaders that took place in Baghdad on January 13. Iraq gave the United Nations a 36-page Arabic text of what it claims is the transcription of the three- and-a-half-hour talks and asked that the U.N. translate it into English and then circulate it as a document of the Security Council.

As recently as February 8 Perez de Cuellar had asked Iraqi officials to reconsider their request to issue the transcript of the conversation.

"We consider the publication of confidential transcripts of meetings of the secretary general with heads of state, with heads of government, with ministers, with ambassadors, confidential and covered by this rule (of confidentiality) and that it would be a breach of precedence that would be extremely serious," Giuliani said last week.

When read specific sentences in the Iraqi text and asked if they were correct, Giuliani refused to comment. NNNN


File Identification:  02/11/91, PO-102; 02/11/91, AR-124; 02/11/91, EP-105; 02/11/91, EU-103; 02/11/91, NE-105; 02/11/91, NA-105
Product Name:  Wireless File
Product Code:  WF
Languages:  Arabic
Keywords:  UNITED NATIONS; PEREZ DE CUELLAR, JAVIER; IRAQ/Defense & Military; HUSSEIN, SADDAM; PERSIAN GULF WAR
Thematic Codes:  1NE; 1UN
Target Areas:  AR; EA; EU; NE
PDQ Text Link:  172069