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Iraq (Peace Initiative)

Volume 131: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report he has received from Her Majesty's ambassador in Baghdad regarding the public statement made there on 26 March by Mr. Yasir Arafat rejecting Mr. George Shultz's peace initiative; and whether Her Majesty's ambassador has made any representations to the Government of Iraq regarding this statement.

The "Summary of World Broadcasts" edition of 29 March quotes Mr. Arafat as saying in Baghdad on 27 March :

"We are not against any peace initiative, but we are not ready to respond to any initiative that ignores the Palestinian people and their rights".
We have not raised this statement with the Government of Iraq.