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[EXCERPTS]TEXT: UN SPOKESMAN'S DAILY BRIEFING FOR MARCH 24, 1998



United Nations -- Juan-Carlos Brandt, Senior Associate Spokesman for
the Secretary General, briefed.


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24 March 1998

Press Briefing

DAILY PRESS BRIEFING OF OFFICE OF SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL

Juan-Carlos Brandt, Senior Associate Spokesman for the
Secretary-General, told correspondents at today's noon briefing that
18 diplomats had arrived in Baghdad today. They would accompany the
United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) and International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to eight presidential sites in Iraq.


With two diplomats already resident in Baghdad, the United Nations now
had all the 20 diplomats identified by the Commissioner of the special
group, Under-Secretary-General Jayantha Dhanapala. They would be
briefed on their functions before starting their work later this week.


The Executive Chairman of UNSCOM, Richard Butler, had concluded talks
with the Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, Tariq Aziz, in Baghdad today,
Mr. Brandt continued. According to Mr. Butler, a new spirit of
cooperation, which appeared since the Memorandum of Understanding was
signed in February, was reflected in the talks. They talked about
speeding up the inspection process so as to close the files on
chemical weapons and missile areas.


They also agreed to hold new technical evaluation meetings on chemical
weapons and missile issues, Mr. Brandt said. As for biological
weapons, they had agreed to wait for the results of the ongoing
technical evaluation meeting in Vienna. Mr. Butler had indicated that
UNSCOM would continue full inspections in Iraq, and expressed
satisfaction with inspection 227, which was headed by Scott Ritter and
involved in the inspection of the Department of Defence.


Mr. Butler was scheduled to give a press conference tomorrow and would
leave Iraq on Thursday, Mr. Brandt continued. The Executive Chairman
had indicated and would state at that press conference that his next
visit to Baghdad would be in June.


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