News


DATE=4/13/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-229582
TITLE=U-N / IRAQ INSPECTIONS (L - ONLY)
BYLINE=MAX RUSTON
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  A UNITED NATIONS REPORT RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) SAYS IRAQ
HAS PROVIDED AN INADEQUATE AND INCOMPLETE ACCOUNTING OF ITS 
BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PROGRAM, DESPITE U-N REQUIREMENTS THAT IT 
PROVIDE FULL DETAILS.  V-O-A'S MAX RUSTON REPORTS FROM THE UNITED
NATIONS.

TEXT:  PARTICIPANTS IN A U-N TECHNICAL EVALUATION MEETING ON 
IRAQ'S DISARMAMENT SAY BAGHDAD IS CARRYING OUT, WHAT THEY CALL, 
"AN ELABORATE EFFORT TO CONCEAL AND PRESERVE THE COUNTRY'S 
BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS PROGRAM."  IN A REPORT SUBMITTED TO THE U-N 
SECRETARY-GENERAL, THE TEAM POINTS OUT THAT U-N SECURITY COUNCIL 
RESOLUTIONS REQUIRE IRAQ TO PROVIDE FULL, FINAL AND COMPLETE 
DISCLOSURES ABOUT ITS BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS PROGRAM.

U-N SPOKESMAN FRED ECKHARD:

                         /// ECKHARD ///

         THAT REPORTS CONCLUDES THAT IRAQ DID NOT PROVIDE ANY NEW
         TECHNICAL INFORMATION OF SUBSTANCE TO SUPPORT ITS FULL, 
         FINAL AND COMPLETE DISCLOSURES AT THE VIENNA MEETING IN 
         MARCH.

                         /// END ACT ///

MR. ECKHARD SAYS IRAQ, AT THE MEETING IN VIENNA, RECOGNIZED ITS 
NEED TO IMPROVE ITS SYSTEM FOR DISCLOSURE AND PROMISED TO DO SO.

THE REPORT'S CONCLUSIONS TEND TO SUPPORT CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY 
THE U-N SPECIAL WEAPONS INSPECTION TEAM, UNSCOM, THAT IRAQ IS 
CONTINUING TO MANUFACTURE AND STORE BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS.  IN 1991,
AFTER THE GULF WAR, IRAQ PROMISED TO UNCONDITIONALLY DESTROY, 
REMOVE AND RENDER HARMLESS ALL BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS.

THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS THE 
RESULTS OF THE TECHNICAL EVALUATION MEETING LATER THIS WEEK.

IRAQ FARES BETTER IN A REPORT JUST RELEASED BY THE INTERNATIONAL 
ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, THE I-A-E-A.  MR. ECKHARD SAYS THE AGENCY 
SENT 15 NUCLEAR EXPERTS TO IRAQ TO FIND OUT IF CLANDESTINE 
NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES WERE BEING CARRIED OUT AT ANY OF EIGHT 
PRESIDENTIAL SITES.

                       /// ECKHARD ACT ///

         IT NOTES THAT THE SURVEYS BY 15 I-A-E-A EXPERTS OF THE 
         EIGHT PRESIDENTIAL SITES REVEALED NO IMMEDIATE 
         INDICATIONS OF THE PRESENCE OF PROHIBITED MATERIALS OR 
         EQUIPMENT OR OF THE CONDUCT OF PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES 
         WITH RESPECT TO THE MANDATE OF THE I-A-E-A.

                         /// END ACT ///

THE ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY BEGAN INSPECTIONS IN IRAQ IN OCTOBER 
LAST YEAR AND SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE THEM AS NECESSARY.  (SIGNED)

NEB/UN/MPR/LSF

13-Apr-98 2:45 PM EDT (1845 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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