The Gulf war between Iraq and Iran continued on Monday (29 September) despite attempts at mediation by President Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan and P.L.O. leader Yasser Arafat.
TOP GV INTERIOR. United Nations Security Council in session in New York
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SV President of Council Taieb Slim speaking in French
GV PAN Delegates raising hands in vote
SV Iranian President Bani-Sadr with President Zia of Pakistan in Teheran with officials
SV EXTERIOR President Zia and President Bani-Sadr walking across tarmac to plane (3 shots)
SCU President Zia walks up aircraft steps (2 shots)
SCU INTERIOR P.L.O. leader Yasser Arafat speaking in English in Teheran
SV President Saddam Hussein of Iraq sitting at table opposite President Zia in Baghdad
CU President Hussein ZOOM OUT TO People seated round table
CU President Zia ZOOM OUT TO People seated round table
SV Delegates seated at table
ARAFAT: "First of all, I am not a mediator. I am not going to enter into any mediations. What is going now on the Iraqi-Iranian border is a very important and serious matter. It will affect the whole area, the whole Arab area, the whole Islamic area, the whole non-aligned countries movement. So I am here to discuss the matter with my brothers in the Iranian revolution."
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Background: The Gulf war between Iraq and Iran continued on Monday (29 September) despite attempts at mediation by President Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan and P.L.O. leader Yasser Arafat. A unanimous United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an end to the fighting also failed to produce any immediate results.
SYNOPSIS: The Security Council met in New York on Sunday (28 September).
The Iraqi representative took his place in the chamber but Iran was not represented when the Council considered the war.
The President of the Council, Taieb Slim of Tunisia called for a vote on a resolution proposed by Mexico, designed to move the dispute between the two Gulf neighbours into the negotiating room.
The result was a rare unanimous vote calling on both sides to stop fighting immediately.
No formal response to the resolution was received from Teheran where the Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr was meeting with President Zia of Pakistan - on a peace mission representing the 40-nation Islamic Conference. The Pakistani leader commented that the mood in Iran was unconciliatory. He also met with P.L.O. leader Yasser Arafat who spoke about his own unofficial peace mission to Teheran.
After his visit to Teheran President Zia flew on to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. There he met with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan and the Secretary-General of the Islamic Conference also were involved in the talks. Iraq has accepted the United Nations call for peace saying it has achieved its war aims.
But Iran has said it will fight until the last Iraqi is driven out, so the fighting goes on.