Gorbachev persuaded US to give peace a chanceBy Pavel Stroilov | 30 June 2011 | 6 Related pieces
Saddam would like to link his aggression with the Arab-Israeli problem
George Bush senior speaking to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990
Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev persuaded his American opposite number to support the USSR’s proposed peace plan for Saddam Hussein over Kuwait in 1990.
The secret transcript of the meeting between the two presidents at a summit in Helsinki in September 1990 shows how George Bush senior was initially sceptical about Gorbachev’s proposed peace plan, especially the Soviet proposal to allow Iraq’s then leader to link his forces’ withdrawal from Kuwait to the fraught issue of Palestine.
Gorbachev said that he thought Saddam would reject the plan, at least initially, but the American president is recorded as replying: “I think he will accept this plan, even jump on it. But the majority of the world would consider it to be our great defeat..."
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