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DATE=4/27/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-230344
TITLE=U-N / IRAQ SANCTIONS (L)
BYLINE=MAX RUSTON
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  MEMBERS OF THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL TODAY (MONDAY) 
ACKNOWLEDGED IRAQ HAS MADE SOME PROGRESS TOWARDS NUCLEAR 
DISARMAMENT BUT REJECTED BAGHDAD'S CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE 
LIFTING OF SANCTIONS.  V-O-A'S MAX RUSTON REPORTS FROM THE UNITED
NATIONS.

TEXT:  SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS SPENT THE ENTIRE DAY DISCUSSING 
SANCTIONS ISSUES AMONG THEMSELVES AND LISTENING TO A BRIEFING 
FROM IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER MOHAMMED AL-SAHAF.  PARTICIPANTS IN 
THE TALKS SAY SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE UNANIMOUS IN 
REJECTING IRAQ'S CALLS FOR THE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS.

U-S AMBASSADOR BILL RICHARDSON:

                     /// RICHARDSON ACT ///

         THE MAIN MESSAGE HERE IS THAT SANCTIONS WILL NOT BE 
         LIFTED BECAUSE IRAQ HAS FAILED TO COMPLY IN RELEVENT 
         SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS.

                         /// END ACT ///

PERHAPS MOST SIGNIFICANT WAS A CHANGE IN THE TONE OF STATEMENTS 
FROM MR. RICHARDSON.  FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE U-S AMBASSADOR 
ACKNOWLEDGED THAT IRAQ HAS MADE SOME PROGRESS ON THE OPENING OF 
PRESIDENTIAL AND SENSITIVE SITES AND ON THE DISMANTLING OF ITS 
NUCLEAR PROGRAM.  HOWEVER, HE MAINTAINED A FIRM POSITION AGAINST 
THE IMMEDIATE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS SAYING BAGHDAD CONTINUES TO 
CONCEAL INFORMATION PERTAINING TO CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL 
WEAPONS.

THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES ALSO REJECTED SUGGESTIONS 
FROM RUSSIA AND CHINA THAT THE SECURITY COUNCIL ENDORSE IRAQ'S 
CLAIM THAT IT HAS STOPPED ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM.  BUT 
DIPLOMATS INVOLVED IN THE SECURITY COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS SAY 
NEGOTIATIONS ARE LIKELY TO CONTINUE WITH THE AIM OF FORMALLY 
RECOGNIZING THAT SOME PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE ON NUCLEAR ISSUES.

IRAQ'S FOREIGN MINISTER ON MONDAY CONTINUED TO CALL FOR THE 
IMMEDIATE LIFTING OF SANCTIONS.  MR. AL-SAHAF SAID HE PRESENTED 
THE SECURITY COUNCIL WITH DATA DEMONSTRATING IRAQ'S COMPLIANCE 
WITH COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS.

                      /// AL-SAHAF ACT ///

         WE RECEIVED SEVERAL QUESTIONS FROM MANY MEMBERS OF THE 
         SECURITY COUNCIL.  ALSO, WE ANSWERED THEM FULLY AND NOW 
         WE THINK THE PICTURE IS MORE CLEAR IN THEIR MINDS, WITH 
         THE INFORMATION AND DATA, FIGURES AND FACTS WE HAVE 
         PROVIDED THEM.

                         /// END ACT ///

SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS PASSED AT THE END OF THE GULF WAR 
SAY SANCTIONS CANNOT BE LIFTED UNTIL U-N INSPECTORS VERIFY THAT 
IRAQ NO LONGER HAS ANY WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.  THE LATEST 
REPORT FROM THE INSPECTION TEAM SAYS VIRTUALLY NO PROGRESS 
TOWARDS VERIFICATION HAS BEEN ACHIEVED OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS.

                      /// REST OPTIONAL ///

BRITISH AMBASSADOR JOHN WESTON REJECTED SUGGESTIONS THAT THE 
SECURITY COUNCIL HAS REACHED AN IMPASSE WITH IRAQ ON THE 
SANCTIONS ISSUE.  HE SAID IT COULD TAKE A LONG TIME TO RESOLVE 
THE ISSUE, BUT EVENTUALLY IT WILL BE RESOLVED.

                       /// WESTON ACT ///

         SOMETIMES IT TAKES A LONG TIME.  THINK OF THE OTHER BIG 
         INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS OVER THE PAST 20 TO 25 YEARS, 
         WHERE IT HAS TAKEN A BIT LONGER.  AND WE ARE PREPARED TO
         SIT THERE AS LONG AS IT TAKES.  THE STAKES, AS I HAVE 
         OFTEN SAID BEFORE ON THIS SUBJECT, ARE FAR TOO HIGH FOR 
         REGIONAL SECURITY AND STABILITY AND FOR THE REPUTATION 
         OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN THE FIELD OF THE PROLIFERATION 
         OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, AND I DO NOT WANT THIS 
         ORGANIZATION, WHOSE INTERNATIONAL STANDING AT THE MOMENT
         I WISH WERE HIGHER THAN IT IS, TO BE DUPED BY THIS 
         POLICY OF THE BIG LIE, WHICH RECALLS ONLY ONE THING ... 
         OTHER DICTATORS EARLIER THIS CENTURY.  WE ARE NOT GOING 
         TO BE HAD BY THAT.  WE ARE GOING TO SIT THERE AS LONG AS
         IT TAKES, AND GET IT RIGHT.

                         /// END ACT ///

IRAQ HAS WARNED THAT A NEW CRISIS COULD DEVELOP IN THE GULF IF 
SANCTIONS ARE NOT LIFTED SOON.  (SIGNED)

NEB/UN/MPR/PT

27-Apr-98 9:31 PM EDT (0131 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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