The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 24, 1990 · 11
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The Vancouver Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada · 11

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The Vancouver Sun, ft iday. August ?4. 1090 A11 ruituro Nrm nJtllKIS Kiisi: TIIKKK CANADIAN hip lUparted Unlay (or the IVr-nan Gulf area a in hi ron-rem their reenr Mill Jeopardize the hu uf HiHl Canadian ir,tHt in Kuwait ami Irmi Hu Uu tt'irtr and a upply htp mI (jut to )in h multinational l.irn m I ho Middl Kant jul a diplomat are working to ni:ouU' rt ii aH of Canadian di-laim-d mm tlu Aim 2 lraii luvmion of Kuwait. Mv iiniliiliiiiS thf hip, Minn,' ln .no ai liMnl and analyt fear, Canada l ahamUmini: ill traditional 1'v.u vkrt pini! rU. aliening Hm-Ii h C S (Hdu y and. Ihu. consign-UM Il ciut'iu to trw amc fate a trap-d Ameriraru many of whom have already Uvn rounded up by Iran &r uh a a human tdmld iuint UiMcrn allot K. The niobiluation doesn't "da mut It to help the Canadian trapped in lrai and Kuwait" because it "em- the impreuion we're in link. Mep with the C S .' ;nd Tartu Kauf. M'Hiur rean her fur the Canadian Centre lr Arm Control and Diar numu'nl. Heyond the immrdiate fale of trapped Can.idi.in. Kauf aid Can ada may in the long run ruk its tra-thtiott.il immunity to U-rrorwn and hoM-iiii taking in the Middle Kot by aliinmu itself with the I'.S. in the eunrtut. The Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade has urinl Canada to abandon it "haste to back up the I'.S. inter-eiiinin." Stephen Lewi. Canada's former umbasxiiiur to the I N. wid Thursday that, while he initially weleomed the tlmision t vm iuI ships to the tiuli "as a display of Mdidanty." he has no c hanged his mind. "I do not think we should be parti-ripating without the imprimatur of the I'nited Nations." Lewis said in m inteniew from Toronto. CsssmMsm role feiig qieried. sos 3 warsiiBS love for mm r If " " f ''T ft "V- if j- Ml Kill WIPING TEARS: Tammy Llbby watches husband Eric hug their daughter In Halifax today before boarding ship "It should be a true I'nited Nations operation, not merely civ-ins to the I'.S. a retroactive nuht of military action. I think Canada's role now . . . should be to put the brakes on the Americans, to tell them just to Waldhcim to meet Saddam N.V. Times News Smkf VIENNA - President Kurt Wald-hi'im of Austria is to meet with President Saddam Hussein of Iraq on Saturday in Baghdad to discuss the release of Westerners held in Iraq and Kuwait, Ualdheim's office said Thursday. Maldheim will tratel on Friday to Amman, the Jordanian capital, for talks with Kin? Hussein before continuing on to Baghdad to meet with Saddam. Ualdheim is especially concerned about the more than 100 Austrians who have not been allowed to leave Iraq, the statement said. Ualdheim. who served as I N secretary general from 1972 to 19S2. has maintained strong contacts with many Middle Eastern leaders while being shunned by most Western leaders for covering' up hi service with the German Army in the Balkans during the Second World War. Twice in the last week. Waldheim has appealed to the Iraqi president to release Austrians trapped in Iraq and Kuwait. cool it " Hefi-mng to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as a "lunatic." Lewis said the most imfMirtant thing now is to avoid further provoking the already inflamed situation. "There will be enough provocation by Hussein. There should be no opportunity given to him by our side." But other analysts argue sending the ships is the least Canada ran do to demonstrate it will not tolerate Iran's aggression. "When one has aggression, the earlier the aggressor is told he will have trouble, the better," said John Toogood. deputy director of the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security. "1 think it's important that Canada be seen to be acting practically, not just rhetorically," added Alex Morrison, executive director of the Canadian Institute of Strategic .Stu dies If Canada had dcLvcd until the Lite of Irappt d Canadians willed. Morrison said that would send Saddam a message that Canada can be bullied by threat. A well. uih a retreat tould fu ture the unity of Western opiHiMtmn to the invasion "I'd be concerned if Canada or anyone else were going to back down on Saddam and let the Americans or other do the work in order to ensure that our ople- don't suffer any further." said Havid iH'wiU, dim tor of York I'niversity'i Centre for International and Strategic Studies. When Prime Minister Brian Mulruney announced two week at'o that Canada would send the ships he said. "Canada, as a founding member of the t'nitcd Nations devoted to the rule of law, must play its part in the multi national effort toend Iraqi aggression." But even before he took that action Canada had co-sponsored a I N resolution mandating economic isolation of Iraq by susjicnding trade and economic relations. As a member of the I N security council it alo joined in the council's unanimous vote rejecting Iraq's claim to have annexed Kuwait. However, the security council still does not have agreement on a resolution that would approve military force as a means of isolating Iraq. "Canada is not a superpower," Mulroney said in announcing the Canadian decision to go to the gulf. "We do not have the might and the reach of some others. Canada is, however, capable of making a contribution to the containment of aggression and to the defence of the integrity of nations, as we have done effectively throughout our history." However, a spokesman for the federal Liberal party said the ships should have been held back until the government gives Canadians a full explanation about their purpose. "It w as premature" of Mulroney to commit the vessels, said Jean-Robert Gauthier, the Liberal House leader. "I suspect that we (Canada) are not included on the let of Hhim- m r-nutted to leave" Iraq and Kuwait because uf the Canadian commitment ofkhtpk to the Persian tiulf. ttttutluer added However. 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