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DATE=3/1/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-227434
TITLE=IRAQ/BUTLER/HAMDOON (S)
BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE
DATELINE=WASHINGTON 
CONTENT=
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INTRO:   DISAGREEMENT APPEARS TO HAVE EMERGED BETWEEN IRAQ AND 
THE CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR FOR THE UNITED NATIONS OVER WHO 
REMAINS IN CHARGE OF INSPECTING IRAQI PRESIDENTIAL SITES WHERE 
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION COULD BE STORED.   DETAILS FROM 
CORRESPONDENT NICK SIMEONE. 

TEXT:   IRAQ'S U-N AMBASSADOR NIZAR HAMDOON TOLD C-N-N SUNDAY THE
WEAPONS INSPECTION AGREEMENT SIGNED A WEEK AGO LEAVES OPEN THE 
QUESTION OF WHETHER WEAPONS INSPECTORS -- KNOWN AS UNSCOM -- OR 
THE U-N SECRETARY GENERAL HAS THE FINAL SAY ON HOW TO GO ABOUT 
INSPECTING EIGHT PRESIDENTIAL SITES. 

                       // HAMDOON ACT // 

         IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU SEE IT.  I THINK THAT IT WILL BE 
         MORE INPUT BY THE SECRETARY GENERAL IN THIS SPECIAL TEAM
         CASE THAN THE WORK OF UNSCOM AT LARGE. 

                          // END ACT //

BUT ON THE SAME PROGRAM, CHIEF INSPECTOR RICHARD BUTLER STRONGLY 
DISAGREED. HE WARNED IRAQ THIS AGREEMENT, WHICH HAS SO FAR 
MANAGED TO AVERT A U-S LED MILITARY STRIKE, IS IN NO WAY OPEN TO 
INTERPRETATION.

                        // BUTLER ACT //

         IN THE END, THE REPORTS THAT COME FROM THESE INSPECTORS 
         WILL GO FROM ME, THROUGH THE SECRETARY GENERAL, TO THE 
         SECURITY COUNCIL.  IT'S PERFECTLY CLEAR.  IT DOESN'T 
         DEPEND ON HOW YOU SEE IT.  ITS UNAMBIGUOUS. 

                         // END ACT //  

MR. BUTLER ALSO SAYS DIPLOMATS WHO WILL BE ALLOWED TO ACCOMPANY 
WEAPONS INSPECTORS CAN NOT BE PERMITTED TO TIP OFF THE IRAQIS 
ABOUT WHERE THEY MAY BE GOING BEFORE THEY GET THERE.  IF SO, HE 
SAYS, THE INSPECTION REGIME WILL BE USELESS.  (SIGNED) 

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