Utah's members of Congress denounced Saddam Hussein's statement Friday that he would withdraw from Kuwait as nothing more than a ploy to stall or avoid a ground war.

But Sen. ORRIN HATCH, R-Utah, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was at least happy that Saddam for the first time is talking about leaving Kuwait, instead of insisting that it will forever be Iraq's 19th province."It is an encouraging sign, and I choose to be optimistic because at the very least, it shows there may be some cracks in Saddam Hussein's resolve," Hatch said.

- Sen. JAKE GARN, R-Utah, said, "At this point, the Iraqi announcement rings hollow. Until we see Saddam Hussein take concrete action, we should not attach any sincerity to his words.

"I am very skeptical about his manipulative efforts. He is exploiting the Iraqi people and continuing to go against the United Nations resolution that stipulates complete and unconditional withdrawal from Kuwait - no conditions, no linkage."

- Rep. JIM HANSEN, R-Utah, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said, "I don't think he's negotiating in good faith. It's a political ploy on his part."