INTRODUCTION: The peace mission set up by the Islamic Conference Organisation is now making its second attempt to bring about an end to the war between Iran and Iraq.
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SV President Saddam Hussein addressing crowd from balcony
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The peace mission set up by the Islamic Conference Organisation is now making its second attempt to bring about an end to the war between Iran and Iraq. But President Saddam Hussein of Iraq has again said that his forces will not be withdrawn from iran until Iraq's rights are recognised.
SYNOPSIS: A big crowd had assembled in Nineveh, near Mosul, in northern Iraq, to hear President Hussein speak on Friday (27 March). He told them "Iraq is not prepared to move one inch from Iranian territory until Iraqi rights are recognised". Both sides rejected the proposals put forward by the peace mission after visits to Baghdad and Teheran early in March. The proposals were for an immediate cease-fire, and an Iraqi withdrawal from Iranian territory within five weeks. Iraq's main demand - which President Hussein is insisting must be conceded first - is for total control of the Shatt al-Arab waterway which divides the two countries. Iran wants the re-instatement of the 1975 treaty - abrogated by Iraq - which puts the border between them down the middle of the waterway. It is also demanding an Iraqi withdrawal from Iranian territory before a cease-fire - a demand which President Hussein's latest speech appears to reject once again.
The peace mission also proposed that an Islamic peace-keeping force should be set up to monitor the cease-fire and the withdrawal of Iraqi troops. On Friday, President Saddam Hussein told his cheering audience: "If any oppressive force in the world contemplates massing one million people to occupy Iraqi territory we shall get together two million people".