Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Iran-Iraq Ceasefire Set for Aug. 20

On this day in 1988, UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar announced that Iran and Iraq will begin a ceasefire on Aug. 20. Direct talks on a permanent peace accord will begin in Geneva five days later.Ismat Taha Kittani, Iraq's United Nations representative, said it was a "happy day that would start the arduous but happy road to peace."The Security Council president, Li Luye of China, appealed to Iran and Iraq to refrain from further military activity along the 700-mile front until the ceasefire takes effect."Teheran will accept the demand by the Secretary General and the entire world community and refrain from military action on land, sea and air as of today," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati said. Read full story

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