Condemnation of Iraq's Treatment of Kurds
Apr 5, 1991
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The United Nations Security Council met to discuss and vote on a resolution condemning Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s treatment of Iraqi Kurds and other peoples in his country. The resolution, which called for an .. Read More
The United Nations Security Council met to discuss and vote on a resolution condemning Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s treatment of Iraqi Kurds and other peoples in his country. The resolution, which called for an end to the oppression of civilians in Iraq, also asked U.N. President Perez de Cuellar to send an investigative mission to Iraq to examine the situation of civilian peoples in Iraq. The resolution was the first U.N. resolution to condemn a government’s actions by stating that a resulting exodus of refugees from the aggressor nation was a threat to “international peace and security.” Iraq, Cuba, Yemen and Zimbabwe voted against the resolution, claiming it interferes with the internal affairs of Iraq. On April 5, President Bush ordered an airlift of food, blankets and clothing to the Kurdish people fleeing Iraq. Turkey estimated the number of refugees that have entered Turkey to be 100,000, with another 600,000 still heading toward the Iraq-Turkish border; Iran estimated 110,000 have entered their country, with up to 500,000 expected in the following days. Turkish President Turgut Ozal refused to open the border of Turkey to the refugees, saying Turkey did not have the resources to take care of them. Charges have been raised against President Bush for “abandoning” the Kurds after urging the Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam Hussein.