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Tracking Number:  205245

Title:  "Editorial: Iraq Still Defies UN Resolutions." The government of Iraq still has not complied with the UN Security Council resolutions adopted after the liberation of Kuwait, and evidence of continued Iraqi work on their arsenal of weapons of mass destruction as well as repression of Kurds and Shiites and all Iraqi people oppressed by the regime will cause the US and its allies to remain vigilant in monitoring events in Iraq. (911122)

Translated Title:  L Irak continue d ignorer les resolutions le l ONU.; Editorial: Bush: Irak sigue desafiando resoluciones. (911122)
Date:  19911122

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11/22/91 HEDITORIAL: IRAQ STILL DEFIES U.N. RESOLUTIONS (420)

N(Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America November 22, reflecting the views of the U.S. government.)

TThe government of Iraq has still not complied with the United Nations Security Council resolutions adopted after the liberation of Kuwait.

In a report to the U.S. Congress last week, President George Bush said that inspectors from the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency are continuing to look for weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles in Iraq. He said that despite Iraqi "concealment, deception and denial of unrestricted access," the inspectors have uncovered additional evidence of these weapons systems. In particular, the inspectors found "unambiguous evidence that Iraq had a comprehensive program, with a very large technical work force and infrastructure, to design and build nuclear weapons."

President Bush said the inspections also show "that Iraq has greatly misrepresented the scope and size of its chemical, biological and missile programs.... More than 60 long-range Iraqi missiles have been destroyed by the (U.N.) Special Commission, but (there is) reason to believe that several hundred others remain unaccounted for and unacknowledged by Iraq."

The United States is also concerned that Iraq has not kept its promise to return all detained Kuwaiti and third-country nationals. According to the Kuwaiti government, more than 2,000 people are still being held by Iraq. In addition, Iraq has not returned all of the property and military equipment it stole from Kuwait.

In late summer, the U.N. Security Council adopted Resolutions 706 and 712, which provided for the sale of up to 1,600 million dollars' worth of Iraqi oil. The proceeds would be used to compensate Kuwait for losses due to the Iraqi aggression, to pay for U.N. activities related to Iraq and -- most importantly -- to provide U.N.-supervised humanitarian relief for the Iraqi people. Unfortunately, Iraq has not yet accepted this arrangement for relief. At the same time, as President Bush pointed out, "Saddam Hussein's government is hoarding supplies of food, which it distributes only to favored groups. As a result, the government of Iraq must bear full responsibility for any suffering that may result from shortfalls in food and other essential supplies during the coming months."

The United States remains concerned about the Kurds in the north, the Shiites in the south and all the Iraqi people who have been the object of repressive measures by the Iraqi government. President Bush said the United States has "informed the government of Iraq that, in concert with our coalition partners, we will continue to monitor carefully the treatment of Iraqi citizens, and that together we remain prepared to take appropriate steps if the situation requires. To this end, (the United States) will continue to maintain an appropriate level of forces in the region for as long as required. NNNN


File Identification:  11/22/91, TX-501; 11/22/91, AE-512; 11/22/91, AR-509; 11/22/91, PX-508; 11/22/91, EU-518; 11/22/91, NE-507; 11/25/91, AF-105; 11/25/91, NA-108; 11/26/91, AS-203
Product Name:  Wireless File; VOA Editorials
Product Code:  WF; VO
Languages:  French; Arabic; Spanish
Keywords:  IRAQ/Foreign Affairs; IRAQ/Defense & Military; MILITARY CAPABILITIES; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; CHEMICAL & BIOLOGICAL WARFARE; UNITED NATIONS-SECURITY COUNCIL; INSPECTIONS; INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY; ARMS CONTROL; IRAQ-US RELA
Document Type:  EDI
Thematic Codes:  1NE; 1UN
Target Areas:  AF; AR; EA; EU; NE
PDQ Text Link:  205245; 205405; 205502