Last Chance To Talk

The U.S. and Iraq finally agree to meet -- but peace remains elusive

If quantity were any substitute for quality, the gulf crisis might have already been resolved by diplomatic means. Last week brought a flurry of summits, tete-a-tetes, initiatives and trial balloons, all aimed at averting a war over Kuwait that otherwise looked imminent. The European Community met in Luxembourg. Jordan's King Hussein shuttled around Europe. A former aide to French President Francois Mitterrand tried his luck in Baghdad, and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi convened his own Arab confab. Most significant, after weeks of ; petty dickering over when to get together, the U.S. and Iraq finally agreed to a high-level meeting in Geneva...

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