Security Council fails to act on Gulf war

After six days of private deliberations the members of the UN Security Council have been unable to reach an agreement on sending an appeal for a cease-fire to Baghdad and Tehran.

The nonaligned and the communist members of the council have successfully delayed the launching of a formal council initiative because they want to give President Zia ul-Haq from Pakistan time to accomplish his "mission of good offices."

To many officials here, the Security Council silence is shocking. Many non-Arab diplomats privately but angrily say that the fact that Iraq's aggression against its neighbor has not been denounced, or even mentioned by name, constitutes a serious precedent. "It seems that everything depends on who the aggressor is. When Israel, the United States, the Soviet Union, or Vietnam make a military move against a country, there are voices at the UN to denounce their aggression. When Iraq -- no matter how justified its grievances -- resorts to force, nobody dares to criticize its violation of the UN charter."

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