USIS Washington 
File

04 March 1998

TEXT: NATO STRONGLY SUPPORTS COMPLIANCE WITH UN-IRAQ ACCORD

(North Atlantic Council discussed Iraq situation March 4) (300)



Brussels -- The North Atlantic Council discussed the situation in Iraq
March 4. The unanimous adoption of the UN Security Council resolution
1154 was welcomed, a statement by the NATO Secretary General said.


"Strong support was expressed for the UN Security Council insistence
on compliance by Iraq with its obligations under the Memorandum of
Understanding and UNSCR 1154, and all other relevant UNSCRs, including
the provision of immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access to
the Special Commission and the IAEA," the NATO statement said.


"As UNSCR 1154 notes, any violation by Iraq of its obligations would
have severest consequences."


Following is the NATO text:



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4 March 1998



Statement by the Secretary General of NATO on Iraq



The North Atlantic Council today discussed the situation in Iraq. The
unanimous adoption of the UN Security Council resolution 1154 was
welcomed.


Strong support was expressed for the UN Security Council insistence on
compliance by Iraq with its obligations under the Memorandum of
Understanding and UNSCR 1154, and all other relevant UNSCRs, including
the provision of immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access to
the Special Commission and the IAEA. As UNSCR 1154 notes, any
violation by Iraq of its obligations would have severest consequences.


At the same time, compliance by Iraq with its obligations would allow
the Security Council to act in accordance with the relevant provisions
of UNSCR 687 in the lifting of sanctions.


Particular importance is attached to the respect for the sovereignty,
territorial integrity and political independence of Iraq, Kuwait and
the neighbouring states. Stability in the Gulf region is important to
the security of the Euro-Atlantic area.


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