Swiss Say Baker Due In Geneva Tuesday for Proposed Meeting With Aziz
GENEVA (AP) _ Swiss authorities said today that Secretary of State James A. Baker III is due in Geneva on Tuesday night for the U.S.-proposed meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to discuss the Persian Gulf crisis.
Geneva city spokesman Ernest Bollinger said the White House informed the Swiss that Baker planned a 24-hour stay in Geneva. Bollinger added that there has been no official reply from Baghdad yet concerning the proposed meeting.
There was no immediate comment from Washington today.
In a ″last attempt″ at peace in the gulf, President Bush on Thursday offered to send Baker to Geneva for talks with Aziz early next week, but no specific date was given.
Iraq said Thursday that it was studying the offer.
The Baghdad government faces a U.N.-mandated deadline to end its 5-month- old occupation of neighboring Kuwait by Jan. 15 or face the threat of attack by U.S.-led multinational forces massing in the gulf region.