Pakistan's President Zia ul-Haq who has been chosen by the forty-nation Islamic Conference to mediate in the Iran-Iraq war, on Saturday (27 September) left for Teheran and Baghdad.
SV Pakistan's President Zia ul-Haq speaking in English in Rawalpindi news conference, Pakistan.
CU Zia listening to reporter's question and answering.
SV Newsmen seated, listening.
CU Zia speaking in English.
ZIA:"We have certainly tried our best as to how practically we can play a simple role between the army of Iran, Iraq and our country."
REPORTER:"Have you received any response from Iran or Iraq to your offer?"
ZIA:"But I hope you will not ming if I express my inability about that -- it is slightly premature. I feel that in the present day world confrontation, conflicts and dangerous. They could develop into areas of conflict which would be uncontrollable. Today humanity is in possession of instruments which can destroy them ten times over. And therefore one has to be very careful. I do not say that Iran and Iraq are in possession of nuclear weapons -- they are not, but the fact is that the Iran and Iraq conflict, once extended, will not remain within themselves. Many others will join and it is that fear I have which is likely to get an explanation. And I am sure both the superpowers, the Soviet Union and the United States of America, and conscious of this fact and I am sure that in their own efforts they must also be trying to defuse the situation which has been created now."
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Background: Pakistan's President Zia ul-Haq who has been chosen by the forty-nation Islamic Conference to mediate in the Iran-Iraq war, on Saturday (27 September) left for Teheran and Baghdad. Before he left, the President told reporters his mission was purely exploratory. He warned that if the war was not controlled it could lead to a much larger conflict.