Issue 355 - 08 Feb 1989
A formal ending of the Iran-Iraq war, in the shape of a firm peace treaty between the two countries is still a distant prospect. But, although there are many issues of contention still to be settled, the cease-fire of last August is holding well and the war is generally regarded as over. Governments in the region may not be fully reassured until a peace treaty has been signed but even the most pessimistic of officials do not foresee a resumption of the fighting. The mutual antipathies expressed in Baghdad and Tehran focus on the political positions to be won - or lost - in the post-war bargaining process; neither country, even in threat, talks about resorting once again to open war.

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