West European Nations Agree to Expel Iraqi Military Personnel With AM-Gulf Rdp, Bjt
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ European Community nations agreed Monday to expel Iraqi military aides and restrict the movement of Iraq’s diplomats in retaliation for raids on foreign diplomatic compounds in Kuwait.
Britain ousted eight members of the Iraqi Embassy and ordered the deportation of 23 other Iraqi citizens. West Germany gave military aides at the Iraqi Embassy in Bonn 48 hours to leave the country.
And Italy announced a previous expulsion order would apply to 11 employees in the Iraqi military attache’s office.
Belgium told Iraqi diplomats they could travel no farther than 18 miles from Brussels, and Italy restricted them to an area within 18 miles of Rome. West Germany limited their travel to Bonn and the city airport, and the Dutch demanded written requests from Iraqi officials for travel outside The Hague.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, on an official visit to Czechoslovakia, said Britain expelled the Iraqis ″in order to support France and other countries whose residences were attacked by Iraqi troops in Kuwait.″
″After the exceptionally scandalous behavior against the diplomatic missions, something had to happen,″ Dutch Foreign Minister Hans van den Broek said.
″(Iraqi President) Saddam Hussein has to see he is in a no-win situation,″ he said.
Italy’s foreign minister, Gianna De Michelis, said he hoped the European reaction would show Saddam an ″escalation (of tensions) will not help ... but will strengthen our solidarity in enforcing the embargo.″ The United Nations imposed an economic embargo on Iraq after its invasion of Kuwait on Aug. 2.
In a final statement, the foreign ministers of the 12 Common Market nations urged Iraq ″to realize the suicidal character of its behavior toward the international community.″
On Sunday, the U.N. Security Council condemned the Iraqi raids on the French, Belgian, Dutch and Canadian embassy compounds in Kuwait. France has since expelled 29 Iraqis.
British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd said there was support among the foreign ministers for an air blockade of Iraq, but he said it was important to get backing from the Security Council for such a move.
The officials refused, however, to set a price tag on the amount of aid they will give to the states of Egypt, Turkey and Jordan to help offset the economic impact of the Persian Gulf crisis.
At an informal meeting earlier this month, the ministers promised the three countries $2 billion through the end of 1991 to compensate them for lost trade with Iraq. But on Monday, they put off a formal decision on the amount of aid.
″The community is determined to assist these countries in the sacrifices imposed on them by the present international crisis,″ the ministers said.
They said they would look ″as a matter of urgency″ at a proposal to channel $2 billion to the countries. But they asked for updated estimates on the amount of help the countries need and the contributions already made by community and other nations.
Hurd, taking note of fresh pledges of military and financial support for the U.S.-led operation in the gulf, said Europeans ″are increasingly putting our forces and our money where our mouth is.″
The 12 EC nations are Belgium, Denmark, France, West Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.