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November 26, 1990 – The Line In The Sand Has A Deadline – Moscow Chimes in – Soul Searching In Poland

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November 26, 1990 – Inching closer to a deadline showdown, reports on this day that the U.S. was going to ask the UN Security Council for a deadline to give Iraq until sometime in January, perhaps as soon as January 1st to withdraw from Kuwait or face a military strike. The New York Times reported the U.S. had enough votes to pass a Use-Of-Force resolution. When asked about that earlier today, President Bush gave a “thumbs up”. Meanwhile, Baghdad still rejected a pull-out deadline and Saddam Hussein issued a threat to stage a missile attack on Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states if he’s attacked. But at the same time, he ordered the release of three more American men held hostage. Reports indicated the three hostages may be heading home soon. It was believed they were being released in response to pleas by their family members.

Moscow took a harder line on its own citizens trapped in Iraq. The Soviet Union issued a threat to Iraq, saying it had violated the promises made at the highest level not to impede the movement out of that country of any Soviet Citizen who wanted to leave. And unless Iraq immediately removed the obstacles for Soviets to leave for home, the Soviet position towards Iraq would become even tougher than it is now. There were more than 3,000 Soviet Citizens still in Iraq and some 1,000 of them had indicated they wanted to go home.

And after what appeared to be a night of Soul-searching, Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said he would remain in the race for the Presidency of Poland. He got more votes in the previous days election than any of the other five candidates, but not the majority required for a first round victory. Incomplete returns showed the runner-up was Stanislaw Kaminsky, a businessman who made money abroad and campaigned, calling for an end to the “austerity of economic reform” and making wild charges against the government. The Polish press called Kaminsky a “mad man”. But his appeal was heated by a surprisingly large number of people made increasingly desperate by the hardships of transition from Communism to Capitalism and he won the right to compete with Walesa in the runoff elections scheduled for December 9th.

And thats just a little of what happened in the world, this November 26, 1990 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.

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