Iraq announced on Tuesday (1 October) it would call a four-day ceasefire in its undeclared war with Iran but the Teheran Government replied that it would fight on despite various peace moves.
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SHEMIRANI: "I have made it clear that we will never accept any conditional proposal. We have stated very clearly our position and I have told you, again if you want me to repeat it I will repeat for you. I said they should they must put an end to their aggression against Iran and they must pull back to their original position before they started the hostilities. They are the full conditions."
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Background: Iraq announced on Tuesday (1 October) it would call a four-day ceasefire in its undeclared war with Iran but the Teheran Government replied that it would fight on despite various peace moves. The Iraqi proposal was reported to the United Nations Islamic Conference by President Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan but in a message to Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, Iranian President Bani-Sadr said Iran would not stop fighting unless Iraq ceased "aggression".
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday following Iran's rejection of the Untied Nations Security Council call for an immediate ceasefire Islamic ambassadors and ministers met in New York for urgent talk. They came from both Arabic and African countries to try to work out a new formula for bringing an end to the Gulf conflict. They expressed fears about the effects of the war which has continued despite the visit to both countries by the chairman of the Islamic Conference President Zia ul-Haq.
Some diplomats at the United Nations have questioned the value of a ceasefire, saying they could hardly believe Iranians would stop shooting while Iraqi forces remained on Iranian territory.
All forty Islamic states were represented at the emergency meeting which lasted for two-and-a-half hours. They unanimously decided to recommend President Zia continue his peace mission to "safeguard Islamic solidarity and stop the bloodshed among brothers."
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein told Mr Waldheim in a letter that his Government would stop the fighting and begin negotiations if the other side reciprocated. Iranian envoy Jamal Shemirani called on the United Nations to condemn Iraq and called for them to withdraw from Iranian soil. The Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran's political and religious leader, said his people would fight to the end. spurning President Hussein's offer he said Iran could not compromise. Mr Waldheim was reported to be pessimistic about the chances of an early end to the war. Diplomats in New York said there was not much the United Nations could to in the situation apart from another Security Council call for a ceasefire. Meanwhile Mr. Shemirani said Iran would stop fighting if Iraq pulled out of Iran.