News

 
DATE=3/6/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-227724
TITLE=RUSSIA / IRAQ WEAPONS INSPECTIONS (S-O)
BYLINE=MAX RUSTON
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  RUSSIA IS (FRIDAY) ASKING U-N SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI 
ANNAN TO APPOINT A SPECIAL RUSSIAN DISARMAMENT EXPERT TO WORK 
WITH U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS IN IRAQ.  V-O-A'S MAX RUSTON REPORTS 
FROM THE UNITED NATIONS.

TEXT:  THE REQUEST FOLLOWS A NUMBER OF SIGNALS FROM RUSSIAN 
DIPLOMATS THAT THEY FEEL LEFT OUT OF THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS 
CONCERNING WEAPONS INSPECTIONS IN IRAQ.  IN A LETTER TO MR. 
ANNAN, RUSSIA'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SERGEI LAVROV, 
ASKS THAT A RUSSIAN EXPERT BE APPOINTED DEPUTY TO CHIEF WEAPONS 
INSPECTOR RICHARD BUTLER.

MR. BUTLER MET WITH THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR FRIDAY TO DISCUSS THE 
REQUEST.

THE REQUEST COULD LEAD TO SECURITY CONCERNS AMONG WEAPONS 
INSPECTORS, CONSIDERING THE CLOSE TIES MOSCOW HAS MAINTAINED WITH
THE IRAQI LEADERSHIP.

IRAQ IS STRONGLY OPPOSED TO WEAPONS INSPECTIONS AND HAS ACCUSED 
INSPECTORS OF ACTING AS SPIES FOR BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES 
-- CHARGES DENIED BY BOTH COUNTRIES.  (SIGNED)

NEB/UN/MPR/LSF

06-Mar-98 12:04 PM EST (1704 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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