ACCESSION NUMBER:297931 FILE ID:NEA211 DATE:08/03/93 TITLE:U.S. "WILL NOT TURN ITS BACK" ON REPRESSED COMMUNITIES IN IRAQ (08/03/93) TEXT:*93080311.NEA Clinton/lantos/kurds letter yb rm *NEA211 08/03/93 U.S. "WILL NOT TURN ITS BACK" ON REPRESSED COMMUNITIES IN IRAQ (Text: Clinton 8/2/93 letter to Lantos on Kurds, Shia) (470) Washington -- President Clinton says his administration "will not turn its back on the Kurds, Shia and other Iraqi communities subjected to the repression of Saddam Hussein's regime." In a letter to U.S. Representative Tom Lantos, the president said the United States will insist on Iraqi compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions, while continuing its support of humanitarian relief efforts in Iraq, and "will remain constant in its support for a government representing all of the people of Iraq and which is committed to the territorial integrity and unity of Iraq." Following is the text of President Clinton's letter, dated August 2: (BEGIN TEXT) I share the concerns that you and your colleagues expressed in your recent letter regarding the situation in Iraq. My administration will not turn its back on the Kurds, Shia and other Iraqi communities subjected to the repression of Saddam Hussein's regime. Our policy toward Iraq is clear. Our action of June 26 against the Iraqi intelligence and terrorism apparatus that targeted George Bush underscored our determination to deal firmly with Iraqi aggression. We also insist on full Iraqi compliance with all the UN Security Council resolutions, including resolution 688 which demands an end to the repression of the Iraqi people. That resolution highlighted the plight of the Iraqi Kurds. Since 1991, coalition aircraft have enforced a no-fly zone in northern Iraq. The no-fly zone has deterred Iraq from mounting a large-scale offensive against the Kurds and other inhabitants. The Turkish parliament has just extended the mandate for that force with our full support. We continue to support humanitarian relief operations in Iraq. We organized a donors conference in Geneva this spring to help rally more international aid for the Iraqi people suffering from Saddam's internal economic blockades. We are also seeking additional deposits in the UN escrow account, established by UN resolution 778, which funds UN operations including relief efforts in Iraq. In addition, we are working to promote the sale of $1.6 billion in Iraqi oil, proceeds of which would be used to purchase food, medicine, and materials for the essential needs of the Iraqi people. At my request, Vice President Gore met with Iraqi opposition leaders representing all elements of Iraqi society in May. Kurdish leaders Jalal Talabani and Masoud Barzani were part of the delegation from the Iraq National Congress. I assure you that the United States will remain constant in its support for a government representing all of the people of Iraq and which is committed to the territorial integrity and unity of Iraq. (END TEXT) NNNN .