July 18, 1988 – A day starting with optimism. In Tehran, surprise word came from Government officials that they had tentatively accepted a UN agreement for a cease-fire in the almost decade old Iran-Iraq War. The announcement said it had informed the UN Secretary General that it was accepting Resolution 598, in the interest of security on the basis of justice. The Resolution was passed by the Security Council in July of 1987. All the major powers, including the U.S. and the Soviet Union, joined forces in the call for a ceasefire. Iran had previously demanded Iraq be branded as the aggressor before there could be any talk of a ceasefire. This days announcement of a ceasefire from Iran follows Iraqi victories and the previous nights speech by Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, who said the extended their hands for an honorable peace. UN Secretary General Perez de Cuellar said Iran’s acceptance of the ceasefire was unconditional.
And then there was Atlanta, site of the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Day One and the party was about to start. Already assured of the nomination was Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and his running mate Lloyd Bentsen. What remained was the issue of how the Party was going to go ahead – whether it would be unified as the campaign started, or divided over the issue of race and ideology. Former candidate Paul Simon said he was confident Dukakis and Jesse Jackson would come to terms. The quest for party unity came again earlier this day at a breakfast meeting between Dukakis and Jackson. Jackson asked for a major role in Dukakis’ Fall campaign as well as a continuing policy voice. As of news time, the meeting was still going on and reporters were anxiously waiting for news of the outcome.
And that’s just a small slice of what went on, this July 18, 1988 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.