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03 March 1998

TEXT: UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION ON IRAQ MARCH 2, 1998

("Any violation would have the severest consequences") (460)



United Nations -- The UN Security Council late in the evening of March
2 unanimously endorsed the memorandum of understanding signed by UN
Secretary General Kofi Annan and Iraq on February 23 and said it looks
forward "to its early and full implementation."


The resolution stressed that "compliance by the Government of Iraq
with its obligations...to accord immediate, unconditional and
unrestricted access to the Special Commission and the IAEA in
conformity with the relevant resolutions is necessary for the
implementation of resolution 687 (1991), but that any violation would
have the severest consequences for Iraq." Following is the UNSC text:


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Text of U.N. Security Council resolution

March 2, 1998



THE SECURITY COUNCIL, RECALLING all its previous relevant resolutions,
which constitute the governing standard of Iraqi compliance,


DETERMINED to ensure immediate and full compliance by Iraq without
conditions or restrictions with its obligations under resolution 687
(1991) and the other relevant resolutions, REAFFIRMING the commitment
of all Member States to the sovereignty, territorial integrity and
political independence of Iraq, Kuwait and the neighboring states,


ACTING under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, 1.
COMMENDS the initiative by the Secretary-General to secure commitments
from the Government of Iraq on compliance with its obligations under
the relevant resolutions, and in this regard ENDORSES the memorandum
of understanding signed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq and the
Secretary-General on 23 February 1998 (S/1998/166) and LOOKS FORWARD
to its early and full implementation;
2. REQUESTS the Secretary-General to report to the Council as soon as
possible with regard to the finalization of procedures for
Presidential sites in consultation with the Executive Chairman of the
United Nations Special Commission and the Director-General of the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); 3. STRESSES that compliance
by the Government of Iraq with its obligations, repeated again in the
memorandum of understanding, to accord immediate, unconditional and
unrestricted access to the Special Commission and the IAEA in
conformity with the relevant resolutions is necessary for the
implementation of resolution 687 (1991), but that any violation would
have the severest consequences for Iraq; 4. REAFFIRMS its intention to
act in accordance with the relevant provisions of resolution 687
(1991) on the duration of the prohibitions referred to in that
resolution and NOTES that by its failure so far to comply with its
relevant obligations Iraq has delayed the moment when the Council can
do so. 5. DECIDES, in accordance with its responsibilities under the
Charter, to remain actively seized of the matter, in order to ensure
implementation of this resolution, and to ensure peace and security in
the area.
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