Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 22:27:49 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Iraq: WORLD CONDEMNS U.S., BRITAIN
Organization: FCN NEWS—http://www.finalcall.com
Condemnations, mass protests and demonstrations marked the end of the US led air bombing campaign against Iraq.
Below are summaries of world public reaction to the US-British four day bombing campaign which started on December 15.:
Africa can only regret that more decent ways cannot be found on the
international scene to settle a conflict between Iraq and the
international community, said Organization of African Unity (OAU)
chairman, President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso.
KUALA LUMPUR-Malaysian youth leaders on Friday demonstrated in front of the US embassy to condemn the US-British air strikes against Iraq.
The Malaysian newspaper, The Utusan Malaysia said the Muslim world
must condemn the US air strike.
Whatever reason given by Washington
will not cleanse the bloody hands of President Bill Clinton.
Malaysian leaders also called for boycotts on US goods in protest
against the air strikes.
TRIPOLI-Over 10,000 Libyans rallied in Tripoli’s Green Square to
show solidarity with Iraq, condemning the US-British bombing
raids. They shouted slogans against the US and Israel and attacked the
lack of Arab coordination in resisting
plans to exterminate Arabs
The official Saudi Arabia news agency, SPA quoted a Saudi official as
The Saudi government is following with deep concern the
situation in Iraq and the strike operations because of its refusal to
cooperate with experts from the UN Special Commission charged with
VATICAN CITY-Pope John Paul II, addressing nearly 10,000 people in St. Peters’s Square, expressed bitterness at the failure of international law and organizations charged with upholding international law to resolve the crisis peacefully.
While staunch US allies Japan and Australia backed the bombings, China, who called for the immediate resignation of Chief UN inspector Richard Butler, appealed for diplomatic means of resolving the crisis.
Calling for a jihad against the US imperialists, Ustadz Shariff
Julabi, an official of the Philippines Moro Islamic Liberation Front
The slaughter of innocent Muslims in Iraq, by the United
States and its evil allies is the work of Satan. There is no
justification in the attacks, Julabi said, stressing the
aggressor did not even respect the religion of Islam.
This is purely a brutal aggression which completely ignores
international laws. All Indonesians condemn this act of barbarity,
said Lukman Harun, a deputy chairman of the Indonesian Council of
Muslim Scholars, the nation’s highest Islamic authority.
Deputy priest Ahmed Bukhari of India’s largest mosque, the Jama
Masjid, said the decision to call of strikes on Baghdad after Ramadan
began in Iraq would not fool Muslims.
After committing all the
destruction it wanted to, America has now called off the bombings with
the start of Ramadan. But no one in the Islamic world is going to be
fooled by this, he said.
KHARTOUM-Sudan’s resources are at Iraq’s disposal in the
face of US and British aggression, Hassan al-Turabi told worshippers
after weekly prayers, Sudanese press reported here Saturday. Turabi
criticized the attitude of some Arab and Muslim leaders toward
ordeal of the Iraqi people saying their indifference could
persuade the Americans and Zionists into entering the holy lands in
Mecca and Medina in Arabia.
MOSCOW-Russia voiced indignation at US-led strikes against Iraq, while Communist lawmakers dumped ratification of a key nuclear disarmament treaty.
Russia has recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Britain in protest at the attacks on Iraq, reported IRAR-TASS.
Briefing deputies over the air strikes, Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov
lambasted chief UN weapons inspector Richard Butler, saying he bore
’personal responsibility for the development of events.
is why we are going to insist that he is replaced by more professional
and experienced specialists.
Ivanov said Butler’s report to the U.N. Security Council, which
accused Iraq of frustrating efforts to eliminate its weapons of mass
served as a pretext for the air strikes.
Russian President, Boris Yeltsin said in a statement,
development, which Russia has repeatedly spoken out against, evokes
our most serious concern, a feeling of indignation and deep
Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov
strongly rejected the
arguments put forward by Washington, saying Russia viewed the
strikes as a
gross violation of UN Security Council resolutions, of
the UN Charter and the universally acknowledged principles of
Former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev likewise condemned the attacks
on Baghdad, calling the US strikes
inadmissible and a blow to
the United Nations Organization.
DAMASCUS-Thousands of protesters, led by many university students, filled the streets of Syria in spontaneous demonstrations. After scaling the embassy wall of the US embassy, protesters ripped down and burned a US flag before marching toward the nearby residence of the US ambassador. US guards inside the compound fired tear gas at the protesters before Syrian police intervened. Protesters also stormed the British Cultural Council offices before dispersing.
The Syrian Government has strongly condemned the US and British attacks on Iraq.
Elsewhere, there have been protests in Palestine, Bulgaria, Egypt, Yemen, Germany, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, China, Jordan, Oman, Morocco and Britain.