News


DATE=4/3/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-229201
TITLE=U-N / IRAQ INSPECTIONS END (L)
BYLINE=MAX RUSTON
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  U-N WEAPONS INSPECTORS HAVE COMPLETED THEIR FIRST ROUND 
OF INSPECTIONS OF IRAQ'S CONTROVERSIAL PRESIDENTIAL SITES.  
IRAQ'S REFUSAL TO ALLOW THE INSPECTIONS NEARLY LED TO RENEWED 
MILITARY ATTACKS AGAINST THE COUNTRY EARLIER THIS YEAR.  V-O-A'S 
UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON REPORTS.

TEXT:  UNITED NATIONS SPOKESMAN JUAN-CARLOS BRANDT SAYS THE 
INSPECTIONS WERE COMPLETED LATE THURSDAY AFTER THE INSPECTION 
TEAM PAID A SECOND VISIT TO THE REPUBLICAN PALACE IN THE IRAQI 
CAPITAL, BAGHDAD.

                       /// BRANDT ACT ///

         IT TOOK EIGHT DAYS TO COMPLETE THE SO-CALLED BASELINE 
         INSPECTIONS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL SITES.  THE INSPECTORS 
         AND DIPLOMATS WHO FLEW INTO IRAQ SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS 
         ROUND OF INITIAL INSPECTIONS WILL LEAVE THE COUNTRY 
         TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING.

                         /// END ACT ///

THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES NEARLY LAUNCHED MILITARY 
STRIKES AGAINST IRAQ IN LATE FEBRUARY AFTER BAGHDAD REFUSED TO 
ALLOW INSPECTORS INTO THE EIGHT SO-CALLED PRESIDENTIAL SITES.  
THE INSPECTORS ARE LOOKING FOR INDICATIONS THAT IRAQ IS STILL 
PRODUCING OR STORING CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS, IN VIOLATION
OF RESOLUTIONS PASSED BY THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL AFTER THE GULF 
WAR.

IRAQ HAS DENIED THAT IT IS PRODUCING OR STORING SUCH WEAPONS AND 
SAYS THAT INSPECTIONS OF PRESIDENTIAL SITES VIOLATE THE COUNTRY'S
DIGNITY.  IRAQI OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THE PALACES ARE COMPRISED 
MAINLY OF PRIVATE RESIDENCES AND GUEST HOUSES.

THEY AGREED TO ALLOW THE INSPECTIONS AFTER U-N SECRETARY-GENERAL 
KOFI ANNAN VISITED THE COUNTRY IN LATE FEBRUARY.  THE AGREEMENT 
-- A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING -- CALLED FOR A TEAM OF 
DIPLOMATS TO ACCOMPANY THE INSPECTORS TO ENSURE THEY RESPECT WHAT
IRAQ CALLED "THE DIGNITY OF THE SITES."

U-N SPOKESMAN JUAN-CARLOS BRANDT SAYS THE INSPECTION TEAM WILL 
SUBMIT A REPORT ON ITS FINDINGS NEXT WEEK.

                       /// BRANDT ACT ///

         THE REPORT OF THE SPECIAL GROUP WILL BE SUBMITTED BY THE
         EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF THE U-N SPECIAL COMMISSION TO THE 
         SECURITY COUNCIL THROUGH THE SECRETARY-GENERAL IN 
         ACCORDANCE WITH THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.  THIS 
         IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN SOMETIME IN THE NEXT WEEK.

                         /// END ACT ///

THE INSPECTIONS ARE A KEY ELEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS 
AGAINST IRAQ, IMPOSED AFTER THE GULF WAR.  ONE OF THE CONDITIONS 
FOR LIFTING THE SANCTIONS IS THAT THE WEAPONS INSPECTORS CERTIFY 
THAT IRAQ IS NO LONGER PRODUCING OR STORING ANY WEAPONS OF MASS 
DESTRUCTION.  (SIGNED)

NEB/UN/MPR/LSF

03-Apr-98 2:53 PM EST (1953 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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