Iraq has said it might attend a proposed Arab summit aimed at avoiding war in the Persian Gulf, but only if the meeting also deals with the Arab-Israeli dispute. King Hassan of Morocco proposed the summit on Sunday as a "last chance" for peace.
There were new signs, meanwhile, of cracks in the alliance against Iraq. Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak was quoted Monday as saying that Egyptian soldiers will not enter Iraq even if U.S. and other troops attack. He said his troops could, however, enter Kuwait as a peacekeeping force.On Sunday, Iraq's ruling Revolutionary Command Council said Iraq would attend the summit under three conditions - that Baghdad be consulted in advance on the agenda, that the timing and location be chosen so Iraqi President Saddam Hussein could attend, and that the agenda include not just the gulf crisis but all Middle East issues - including the Palestinian question.
The council, led by Saddam, also suggested it would not allow certain topics to be discussed. It did not specify which ones.
In Tunis, the Palestine Liberation Organization issued a statement saying it agreed with King Hassan's initiative.
Saddam has long demanded that a solution to the crisis be linked to the Palestinian issue. He made the offer shortly after his Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait.
King Hassan suggested that the summit be held in Rabat, the Morrocan capital, in a week. But he said he would attend a summit wherever it might be held.
In an interview with British television, Saddam again urged dialogue on the crisis and said he did not believe the world was united against him. The major powers and "a number of countries" are lined up against Baghdad, Saddam acknowledged. "But to say that the world is unified against Iraq is indeed not a correct thing to say.
A Chinese diplomat said Foreign Minister Qian Qichen told Saddam in Baghdad Monday that China would not veto a U.N. resolution authorizing the use of force.
Military investigators, meanwhile, have tentatively determined that the shooting death of a Marine in Saudi Arabia last Friday was accidental. The victim, identified as James B. Cunningham, 22, of Glendale, Ariz., was killed in his sleep by a single bullet fired from another Marine's M-16 rifle at a rear-area tent camp, the Pentagon said Monday.