Bush Snr demanded secrecy for peace bid to BaghdadBy Pavel Stroilov | 30 June 2011 | 6 Related pieces
It is not important who suggested what, and when
Mikhail Gorbachev speaking to George Bush senior in 1990
US president George Bush senior only agreed to back the Soviet peace bid to Iraq over Kuwait if the background to it was kept secret.
In the smuggled transcript of his meeting in September 1990 at a summit in Helsinki with the then Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bush is recorded as saying: “I am concerned with one more thing. Whatever is suggested, it should not be a Soviet-American plan. If our two countries develop the settlement of this issue, it would seem very strange to many people in the world. Probably it should be a [United Nations] move.
“But I must say that the views you have expressed are very interesting. We shall think them over seriously.”
Gorbachev replied: “Can we take a decision on a plan here? No, but if we do nothing, then why meet? Surely, not for doing nothing..."