HOSNI MUBARAK: An Urgent Call to Negotiate

HOSNI MUBARAK, the President of Egypt, hopes a diplomatic solution can cool the month-old crisis but fears the region is moving tragically toward war

Q. Is war unavoidable?

A. We can avoid war. It is not that difficult. It depends on President Saddam Hussein. He should respond to the pressures to save his country and his people. War is a tragedy, a disaster. I can't understand why he doesn't realize what would happen if war broke out.

Q. But time seems to be running out.

A. He should understand what is happening in the world. His advisers should have the courage to persuade him to respond to international public opinion. This is the first time since World War I that nearly all the countries in...

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