Excerpts from the Worldtribune.com regarding the unsuccessful quest for immunity to be granted to Ali Hassan Majid, Saddam's envoy, who was supposed to meet Mubarak in Cairo to discuss the exile for Saddam. 14 January 2003
CAIRO — "Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has for the first time signaled openness to an Arab plan for his exile in an effort to prevent a U.S.-led war against Iraq."
TEL AVIV — "Israel has concluded that the United States will reach a final decision on a war against Iraq by the end of the month."
CAIRO — "Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has canceled the trip of his top aide to discuss possible exile after learning the U.S. wanted the aide arrested."
NICOSIA — "Arab diplomatic sources said Syria wants to save the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein while Turkey is leading efforts for his exile.Both countries plan to convene foreign ministers of Middle East countries over the next week."
ABU DHABI — "In the space of one week, the United States has reversed its stance toward an Arab effort to arrange President Saddam Hussein's exile."
"Over the weekend, the Bush administration signaled its agreement to consider an Arab proposal for immunity from war crimes prosecution for Saddam, his aides and their families in return for their exile."
"The sources said that over the weekend Washington agreed to withdraw its threat. They said the administration pledged not to intercept Majid's flight from Damascus to Cairo."
CAIRO - "Iraqi President Saddam Hussein continues to withhold sending his envoy to Egypt due to U.S. threats to arrest him on charges of war crimes. Arab diplomatic sources said Saddam has obtained insufficient U.S. guarantees that his envoy Ali Hassan Majid would not be arrested in Cairo once he arrives for talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak"
LONDON — "The United States has apparently withdrawn its offer of immunity for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his aides in exchange for their voluntary exile. Arab diplomatic sources said senior Bush administration officials refused to relay guarantees that Saddam, his sons and aides would be granted immunity from war crimes prosecution if they enter exile."
CAIRO — "The Arab League continues efforts to convince Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to enter exile as a new report says a senior Pentagon advisor prepared a exile plan for U.S. allies late last year."
"I don't think any Arab country would interfere in Iraq's internal affairs," Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said following a summit with Libya and Syria. "It is the Iraqi people who should decide who rules over their country."
"The Kuwaiti daily Al Rai Al Aam reported on Monday that Britain and the United States have not abandoned the idea of Saddam's exile. The newspaper quoted Western diplomatic sources as saying that the allies plan to relay an offer to Saddam for his exile 48 hours before their planned attack on Iraq. This would constitute Saddam's final chance to prevent a war."
CAIRO — "An Arab League summit convened to support Iraq foundered amid a televised spat between two leading members."
"But the summit, amid a threat by Baghdad to walk out, refused to discuss a United Arab Emirates proposal for President Saddam Hussein to abdicate. The summit also rejected a Syrian resolution to ban any Arab nation from helping the United States.""But Arab diplomatic sources said Saudi Arabia has become a leading advocate of a proposal for Saddam to enter exile. The sources said Riyad is attempting to lobby Egypt to support the campaign." 17 March LONDON — "Western intelligence agencies can agree on one thing: For the first time Saddam Hussein knows that war is imminent.""The intelligence debate was sparked by the clearest signals by Saddam that he is prepared to go into exile, Middle East Newsline reported. The message has been relayed to the United Arab Emirates, which has drafted a plan for Saddam's exile in exchange for immunity from war crimes prosecution."