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Tracking Number:  188697

Title:  US to send special mission to Baghdad to discuss the latest clash between the Iraqi military and a UN team trying to inspect uranium enrichment material believed moved to a second Iraqi military facility. UN Report. (910628)

Date:  19910628

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06/28/91 HUNITED NATIONS REPORT, FRIDAY, JUNE 28 SH(Iraq/nuclear) (000)

SU1U.N. TO SEND SPECIAL MISSION TO BAGHDAD

TThe Security Council decided June 28 to send a special mission to Baghdad to discuss with Iraqi authorities the latest clash between the Iraqi military and a U.N. team trying to inspect uranium enrichment material believed moved to a second Iraqi military facility.

According to Rolf Ekeus, the Swedish diplomat who heads a special U.N. commission, the team was denied entry to the Al Falluja facility early in the morning June 28. The United States suspects that Iraq moved the materials there from the Al Gharaib facility for the manufacture of nuclear arms.

Ekeus said the U.N. inspectors observed trucks at Al Falluja loaded with the material they wanted to inspect, and photographed the trucks carrying the material when they were driven from the southern end of the facility.

"All that time the Iraqi military fired small arms into the air and efforts were made to seize the cameras. These actions took place despite the fact that all team members were clearly identifiable as U.N. personnel and that the vehicle was painted white and carrying U.N. markings," Ekeus said.

The action violates Security Council Resolution 687 of April 3, which requires Iraq to allow the U.N. freedom of movement to examine sites where it believes there might be nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

It marked the second time within a week that Iraq has violated that order. On June 23 a U.N. team which tried to visit the Al Gharaib military installation near Baghdad was turned away. When the team was finally granted permission June 26 to enter the facility, the materials had been moved.

The mission that is to leave for Iraq June 30 consists of Ekeus, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Hans Blix and U.N. undersecretary general for information, Yasushi Akashi. NNNN


File Identification:  06/28/91, PO-507; 06/28/91, AE-513; 06/28/91, EP-524; 06/28/91, EU-502; 06/28/91, NE-513
Product Name:  Wireless File
Product Code:  WF
Keywords:  IRAQ/Defense & Military; URANIUM; INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY; INSPECTIONS; NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Thematic Codes:  160; 1UN
Target Areas:  AF; EA; EU; NE
PDQ Text Link:  188697