NO. 48


The Political Scene

The Security Council has provided the cover the Americans were seeking forthe use of force to back up the UN sanctions against Iraq. This was generallytaken to mean that the threat of an immediate outbreak of hostilities betweenIraq and the US had diminished, and as regional tensions relaxed Jordan, the PLOand UN Secretary General Perez de Cuellar launched last-ditch efforts to find anegotiated way out of the crisis in the Gulf, while the...