Gulf peace team rebuffed by Iraqis on cease-fire

An Islamic peace mission seeking to halt the Iraqi-Iranian war returned to Saudi Arabia Wednesday after having apparently failed to persuade Iraq to change its terms for a cease-fire. The nine-man team, set up by an Islamic summit conference in Saudi Arabia in January, flew to Iraq Tuesday from Tehran carrying three Iranian conditions for ending the fighting.

But Iraq's President, Saddam Hussein, told the mission that while Baghdad did not want any Iranian territory it would not allow anyone to hold Iraqi land or water, the Iraqi News Agency reported.

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