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Tracking Number:  189855

Title:  "Editorial: Iraqi Crisis." The US and the world community will not allow the Iraqi people to starve, but it should never be forgotten that the responsibility for the crisis in Iraq lies with Saddam Hussein. (910710)

Translated Title:  Irak: Saddam Hussein est responsable de la crise. (910710)
Date:  19910710

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07/10/91 HEDITORIAL: IRAQI CRISIS (440)

N(Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America July 10, reflecting the views of the U.S. government.)

TThe war that Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein started nearly a year ago continues to have terrible consequences for the Iraqi people. The war began in August of last year, when Iraqi forces brutally invaded neighboring Kuwait. The war ended in February, when an international coalition of forces, led by the United States, drove the Iraqis from Kuwait.

Unfortunately, with the end of the war came new suffering for the Iraqi people. There were ruthless attacks on Iraqi Kurds and Shiites by Saddam Hussein's forces. Millions of people fled into the mountains, where thousands, particularly children, died of exposure and disease. Tens of thousands of others were saved by U.S. and other forces, working together in Operation Provide Comfort, one of the largest humanitarian relief efforts ever mounted. Thanks to this international effort, Kurds and others have now returned safely to their homes. A U.N. guard force is stationed in Iraq. The United States and other allied countries are discussing the idea of a multinational force to underscore the coalition's commitment to U.N. Security Council Resolution 688, regarding the safety of Iraqi citizens.

But Iraq remains a war-torn country with serious problems. There is a potential for widespread malnutrition and disease. The health crisis, particularly as it affects children, is a source of deep concern to the United States and the rest of the world. The international community has already responded with hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid. The United States alone has committed about 300 million dollars in aid to those adversely affected by the Persian Gulf war. At U.S. urging, the U.N. secretary general's executive delegate -- Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan -- is organizing an assessment of food and medical needs inside Iraq. In conjunction with its allies and U.N. agencies, the United States will continue to monitor health conditions throughout Iraq and support relief efforts as necessary.

The primary responsibility for the health and safety of the Iraqi people rests with the Iraqi government. U.N. resolutions outline procedures by which the Iraqi government can meet its responsibility. Although the U.N. maintains economic sanctions against Iraq, there have never been sanctions on medicine. Food shipments are also permitted.

As President George Bush has said, the United States and the world community will not allow the Iraqi people to starve. But it should never be forgotten that the responsibility for the crisis in Iraq lies with Saddam Hussein. NNNN


File Identification:  07/10/91, TX-301; 07/10/91, AE-312; 07/10/91, AR-317; 07/10/91, PX-302; 07/10/91, EU-320; 07/10/91, NE-305; 07/11/91, AF-408; 07/11/91, NA-406
Product Name:  Wireless File; VOA Editorials
Product Code:  WF; VO
Languages:  French; Arabic
Keywords:  IRAQ/Defense & Military; PERSIAN GULF WAR; HUSSEIN, SADDAM; IRAQ/Economic & Social; LIVING CONDITIONS; FOOD SUPPLY; DISEASES; MEDICAL CARE; HUMANITARIAN AID; AGA KHAN, SADRUDDIN; REFUGEE RELIEF; UNITED NATIONS
Document Type:  EDI
Thematic Codes:  1UN; 1NE
Target Areas:  AF; AR; EA; EU; NE
PDQ Text Link:  189855; 189959