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DATE=4/20/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-229963
TITLE=U-N / IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER (L - ONLY)
BYLINE=MAX RUSTON
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER MOHAMMED SAID AL-SAHHAF BEGAN 
TALKS AT THE UNITED NATIONS TODAY (MONDAY) AIMED AT BRINGING AN 
END TO INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS AGAINST HIS COUNTRY.  V-O-A'S MAX 
RUSTON REPORTS FROM THE UNITED NATIONS.

TEXT:  AFTER A MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE U-N SECURITY 
COUNCIL, THE IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER CRITICIZED A JUST-RELEASED 
U-N REPORT ON WEAPONS INSPECTIONS IN HIS COUNTRY.

THE REPORT WAS PREPARED BY THE UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL COMMISSION 
ON WEAPONS INSPECTIONS, UNSCOM.  IT SAYS THERE HAS BEEN  NO  
PROGRESS DURING THE LAST SIX MONTHS TOWARD VERIFYING THAT IRAQ  
NO  LONGER HAS ANY WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.  IT BLAMES IRAQ 
FOR FAILING TO COOPERATE WITH THE INSPECTION TEAM.

SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS SAY SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAQ, IMPOSED 
AFTER THE GULF WAR, CANNOT BE LIFTED UNTIL THE COUNCIL RECEIVES 
VERIFICATION.

THE IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS HE IS IN NEW YORK TO EXPLAIN AND 
CLARIFY SOME OF THE CHARGES IN THE UNSCOM REPORT.

                      /// AL-SAHHAF ACT ///

         WE THINK SOME OF THEM ARE VAGUE, SOME OF THEM WERE VERY 
         SELECTIVE AND OTHERS ARE COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED AND 
         BASELESS.  AS FOR THE CONCLUSIONS, THERE ARE SERIOUS 
         REMARKS FROM OUR SIDE.  WE WISH TO EXPLAIN AND CLARIFY 
         THEM TO THE MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL.

                         /// END ACT ///

THE SECURITY COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO MEET NEXT WEEK TO DECIDE 
WHETHER TO EXTEND SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAQ.  MR. AL-SAHHAF'S VISIT 
TO U-N HEADQUARTERS IS SEEN BY DIPLOMATS AS ANOTHER EFFORT TO 
CONVINCE SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS NOT TO EXTEND THE SANCTIONS.  
(SIGNED)

NEB/UN/MPR/LSF/KL

20-Apr-98 3:07 PM EDT (1907 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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