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DATE=5/7/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-231869
TITLE=U-N/ IRAQ/ TRAVEL RESTRICTS (L-O)
BYLINE=BARBARA SCHOETZAU
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  THE HEAD OF THE U-N SPECIAL COMMISSION CHARGED WITH 
DISMANTLING IRAQI WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION HAS RECOMMENDED 
LIFTING TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON IRAQI OFFICIALS.  CORRESPONDENT 
BARBARA SCHOETZAU REPORTS FROM U-N HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK. 

TEXT:  IN A LETTER TO THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL, AMBASSADOR 
RICHARD BUTLER SAYS IRAQ HAS GRANTED UNRESTRICTED AND 
UNCONDITIONAL ACCESS TO ALL THE SITES HIS WEAPONS INSPECTION TEAM
WISHED TO VISIT.  

ACCORDING TO MR. BUTLER, THIS INCLUDED SENSITIVE PRESIDENTIAL 
SITES.  HE SAYS THE IRAQIS HAVE BEEN LESS FORTHCOMING IN 
PROVIDING ACCESS TO SOME REQUESTED RECORDS. 

BUT, MR. BUTLER RECOMMENDS THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL RESCIND A BAN
ON TRAVEL BY IRAQI OFFICIALS.  THE U-S AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED 
NATIONS, BILL RICHARDSON, SAYS THE TRAVEL SANCTIONS WERE NEVER 
REALLY PUT INTO EFFECT, AND HE EXPECTS THE SECURITY COUNCIL TO 
SUPPORT MR. BUTLER'S DECISION.

                    /// RICHARDSON AC T /// 

         WE RESPECT CHAIRMAN BUTLER.  THEY WERE NEVER 
         IMPLEMENTED.  AMBASSADOR BUTLER DID POINT OUT THE NEED 
         TO GET THE IRAQIS TO PROVIDE MORE DOCUMENTS, MORE 
         INTERVIEWS, MORE INFORMATION.  IT IS HIS CALL 
         (DECISION).

                        /// END ACT ////

MR. BUTLER IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH THE SECURITY 
COUNCIL THE FIRST WEEK IN JUNE TO DISCUSS OUTSTANDING ISSUES 
RELATING TO THE ELIMINATION OF IRAQ'S CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL 
WEAPONS.  BAGHDAD HAS BEEN PRESSING THE UNITED NATIONS TO LIFT 
TRADE SANCTIONS IMPOSED AFTER IRAQ INVADED KUWAIT IN 1990.  THE 
SANCTIONS CANNOT BE REMOVED UNTIL THE INSPECTORS CERTIFY IRAQ IS 
FREE OF THE BANNED WEAPONS.  (SIGNED)

NEB/UN/BJS/LSF/RAE

07-May-98 3:30 PM EDT (1930 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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