Pakistan's President Zia ul-Haq said on Thursday (9 October) he hoped Iran and Iraq would soon end their conflict and begin negotiations for peace.
GV EXTERIOR Chancellor's residence in Bonn
GVs EXTERIOR General Zia ul-Haq out of car and inspecting guard of honour with West German government official (5 shots)
SV PAN & CU General Zia posing with official on steps (3 shots)
SV & CY INTERIOR President Zia with Chancellor Helmut Schmidt seated talking (3 shots)
SV Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher enters room and shakes hands with Zia
SV Schmidt, Zia and Genscher leave room for talks
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Background: Pakistan's President Zia ul-Haq said on Thursday (9 October) he hoped Iran and Iraq would soon end their conflict and begin negotiations for peace. General Zia was on a one-day visit to West Germany where he briefed Chancellor Helmut Schmidt on his visits to Baghdad and Teheran. His Islamic peace mission had been unsuccessful in bringing the embattled countries to the negotiating table.
SYNOPSIS: The talks took place at the Chancellor's residence in Bonn. General Zia told Herr Schmidt that the Islamic conference's Secretary-General, Habib Chatti, was making a second visit to the two capitals. There Mr Chatti would again explore the possibilities of reconciliation. General Zia said that Mr Chatti was either in Baghdad or Teheran at the moment or would be there soon. Pakistan's leader told newsmen if there was an opportunity for him to help he would fly to the Middle East immediately.
General Zia was hopeful that his first visits had brought Iran and Iraq a step nearer to peace talks. But he said at present their stands are a little inflexible, somewhat rigid and based on emotion.
The Pakistan President told Chancellor Schmidt he hoped Baghdad and Teheran would begin peace talks very soon. General Zia arrived in Bonn that day from Vienna after receiving medical treatment. During an interview in the Austrian capital he said the Islamic conference was the only organisation with first hand information about the views of the two countries. It had the best chance of bringing peace to the region. Meanwhile, on Friday (10 October) Iran announced a strong counter-offensive against Iraq's forces in the oil province of Khuzestan.