India is proposing a cease-fire of two or three days in the Persian Gulf war, but the idea appears doomed by opposition from the United States and other permanent Security Council members.

Cuba and Yemen were described as favoring the idea, but sources said at least four permanent council members with veto power - the United States, Soviet Union, Britain and France - were against it.They insist Saddam Hussein agree to withdraw from Kuwait as the first step toward an end to the war.